17122018Headline:

FMs Kotzias and Dimitrov focused on the advancement of bilateral relations and cooperation

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and his FYROM counterpart Nikola Dimitrov held a meeting on 11 January 2018, in Thessaloniki within the framework of the established dialogue and consultations between the two countries, directed towards strengthening transparency and mutual trust, according to a Greek foreign ministry announcement on Friday.

At the meeting, the ministers had a good discussion and focused on the advancement of bilateral relations and cooperation in a wider context related to the ongoing Confidence Building Measures, it said.

“The ministers have expressed their joint expectation that at the forthcoming meeting on 17 January, UN SG’s Personal Envoy Nimetz will table an initial framework that will be used to move the process essentially forward. The two Ministers discussed the methodology, the approach of the two parties and the framework related to the name issue, and agreed to take a more direct role in the talks to overcome the difference over the name.

They also exchanged views with regard to confidence building measures and other arrangements for the next meetings at high political level between the two countries,” the announcement said.