Macedonia-Bulgaria treaty guarantees long-term friendly relations, say Zaev and Borisov

Long-term friendly relations between Bulgaria and Macedonia and a stable foundation for cooperation in the region based on European values is guaranteed by the Agreement on Friendship, Good Neighborliness and Cooperation, which was ratified yesterday by Macedonia’s Parliament.

This was concluded by the prime ministers of Bulgaria and Macedonia – Boyko Borisov and Zoran Zaev – in a phone conversation after the ratification of the treaty.

“Borisov and Zaev in their phone call both expressed an unanimous view that the agreement guarantees a sustainable development of friendly relations between Bulgaria and Macedonia that is also considered a stable foundation for cooperation in the region based on European values,” reads a statement of PM Borisov’s office.

It adds that Zaev wished Borissov success in presenting the priorities of Bulgaria’s presidency in the Council of the EU in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

The ratification of the friendship treaty on Monday was welcomed by EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn and some of Bulgaria’s high-ranking officials.

PMs Zaev and Borisov signed the Agreement on Friendship, Good Neighborliness and Cooperation on 1 August 2017 in Skopje.