Zaev has phone conversation with Tzipras, discuss name


Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic perspective, the name issue and possibilities for development of bilateral relations were discussed during a telephone call between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev.

Tsipras and Zaev also exchanged opinions over the promotion of the confidence-building measures between the two countries, as well as regional developments, said the Greek PM’s Office.

Tipras congratulated Zaev on assuming the PM post and reiterated Greece’s positions regarding the name row.

In a Macedonian Television interview with chief editors of leading media late on Tuesday, PM Zaev expressed hope that Macedonia would soon join NATO under the interim reference, in parallel with the name row discussions with Greece.

“In this regard, I hope it is possible for Macedonia to soon become NATO member under the interim reference, accompanied by at least approximation of certain positions with Greece, sending of positive messages, confirming the confidence-building measures launched by the previous government that we indent to upgrade. In this way, we can create an ambiance of Macedonia being partially unblocked”, said Zaev.

Countries’ foreign ministers are expected to meet soon after Greek top diplomat Nikos Kotzias extended an invitation to Macedonian counterpart Nikola Dimitrov for a visit to Athens.