FM Dimitrov to attend quadripartite meeting in Thessaloniki

At the invitation of Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, Nikola Dimitrov will attend the third quadripartite meeting between the FMs of Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, and Macedonia taking place in Thessaloniki on May 3 and 4.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, other ministers and high representatives from all four countries’ Ministries of Internal Affairs and Transport Ministries will attend the meeting.

“The roundtable discussion,” the Ministry writes in its press release, “is expected to include topics related to the challenges Southeastern Europe is facing as a result of the Near East and the eastern Mediterranean situations; the consequences arising from migrants/refugees travelling through the Balkans, as well as the EU integration process of the Western Balkans and the future of Europe.”

The Ministry’s press release does not state if the FMs of Macedonia and Greece will meet bilaterally to discuss the name dispute. The last such meeting took place in Vienna, Austria, last week. They were joined by UN mediator Matthew Nimetz.

Following the meeting, Nimetz gave an official statement that both sides remained dedicated to solving the problem, without giving away any details about the talks.

As MIA previously reported, the Greek and the Macedonian ministers will meet again at the V4 conference in Sounio, Greece, on May 11 and 12.