Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ remarks at the start of his meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev

2021.05.13 Συνάντηση του Πρωθυπουργού Κυριάκου Μητσοτάκη με τον Πρωθυπουργό της Βόρειας Μακεδονίας, Zoran Zaev. Αθήνα, 13 Μαρτίου 2021 (Γραφείο τύπου Πρωθυπουργού / Δημήτρης Παπαμήτσος)

Prime Minister, welcome to Athens, on the occasion of your participation in the Delphi Economic Forum.

It’s a pleasure to have you and your delegation (here). Today’s meeting will give us the possibility to discuss the further strengthening of our bilateral relations, with an emphasis on the economy, especially energy, where we have a lot of interesting projects in the pipeline -literally.

And of course we will also have the chance to talk about the developments in the accession process of North Macedonia, which Greece supports -as is very well-known. Always on the basis of the existing rules and conditionalities, in the context of our firm and active support of the European perspective of the Western Balkans.

And, certainly, respect for good neighbourly relations and the full, consistent and in- good-faith implementation of the Prespa Agreement -as we have discussed- remain crucial.

These are the basic indicators of our bilateral relations but also of your country’s EU perspective.

So, I’m looking forward, as always, to a very constructive discussion (with you).

Welcome again to Athens.