Palmer: US remains Macedonia’s partner, supporter

Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev held talks Monday in London with the US Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Central European Affairs, Matthew Palmer, the government said in a press release.

At the meeting Palmer commended the government’s efforts to implement democratic reform. Voicing support for Macedonia’s bid to join the European Union and NATO, Palmer said the US ‘remains the country’s partner and supporter.’

The US will keep supporting Macedonia as it contributes to maintaining the peace and stability and creates conditions for new perspectives for moving forward, Palmer said. He also commended Macedonia’s government for overcoming the outstanding issues with the neighbors.

‘Macedonia’s accession to the European Union and NATO will be beneficial for the entire region,’ Palmer said.

PM Zaev extended  gratitude for the US long-term, regular support for the development of democracy in Macedonia, as well as for the country’s aspirations to join the EU and NATO.

Zaev also highlighted the significance of the US contribution to implementing the reforms in Macedonia.

The government, he said, has been committed to implementing reforms, building good-neighborly relations and advancing the regional cooperation.

Macedonia remains the US credible partner by its participation in NATO-led missions, Zaev said.

The EU, NATO membership are Macedonia’s goals, as it means stability, economic prosperity and better living standard for citizens, Zaev said.