The discussions in the meeting centred around the EU and NATO enlargement into Western Balkan countries, Macedonia’s aspirations for membership in these organisations, and prospects of bilateral cooperation.
The Macedonian Minister expressed delight at good bilateral relations and Lithuania’s support for Macedonia on its path of reforms.
“Your friendly advice is very helpful to our country in reaching for its strategic goal of integration into the community of democratic nations, the EU and NATO. We hope the Vilnius Ten spirit will continue to keep NATO door open for countries which seek and are ready for membership”, Minister Milososki said.
The President underlined that for various reasons Macedonia was the slowest country out of the Vilnius Ten group countries on the path towards NATO and EU integration. The President pointed out that Lithuania supported NATO’s “open door” policy not only with respect to Western Balkans but also to other aspirant countries.
The President welcomed the increasingly strong bilateral cooperation between Lithuania and Macedonia, particularly in the field of euro-atlantic integration. The Head of State expressed concern about the issue of Macedonia’s name, which slows down Macedonia’s integration into NATO. “Bilateral problems should not overrun and block the fundamental goals of the process of euro-atlantic integration and the successful unification of the whole Europe,” Mr. Adamkus said.
The President welcomed Macedonia’s progress in implementing reforms and its success in holding smoothly the first round of presidential and local elections. “Macedonia’s progress towards EU membership is apparent. We hope EU membership negotiations with your country will be started in the near future and Macedonian people will soon enjoy the advantages of visa-free regime with the EU. Today Europe does not need any new artificial borders,” the Lithuanian President underlined.
President Adamkus also urged to develop economic cooperation and invite business communities of the two countries to explore each others’ markets.
Press Service of the President