President Gjorge Ivanov met Thursday with US Ambassador Jess Baily in Presidential Vila Biljana in Ohrid.
Interlocutors discussed development of bilateral relations between Macedonia and USA, issues related to Macedonia’s European and Euro-Atlantic perspective and the situation in the region of Southeast Europe, President’s Cabinet said in a press release.
Ivanov voiced his expectations that the US support and engagement in regard to Macedonia’s foreign policy goals and priorities – integration in NATO and EU, promotion of good neigbourly ties and strengthening regional cooperation, will continue.
Ivanov underscored the need of creating new incentive to Macedonia’s membership in NATO emphasizing that realization of our Euro-Atlantic integration will contribute to long-term peace, stability, security and prosperity of the entire region.
They also exchanged views on the cooperation in the field of defence and security through joint training and exercises for members of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia (ARM) and US army. In this context the ARM participation in “Saber Guardian 2017” multinational exercise was greeted. Opinions were also exchanged on upcoming exercise of ARM and US army in Europe “Dragoon Ride” scheduled to be held July 28 – August 8 at the military training ground Krivolak.