Zaev meets Reeker and Palmer on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly

North Macedonia is fully focused on getting a date for the start of EU accession negotiations in October and progress in the ratification of the NATO Accession Protocol, the two strategic objectives to which the United States have largely contributed, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev at a meeting with Philip Reeker, U.S. Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs, and Matthew Palmer, the State Department’s Special Envoy for the Western Balkans.

Zaev, accompanied by Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, said these goals also arise from the strategic partnership agreement with the United States, which notes that the country’s Euro-Atlantic integration is a priority in ensuring its stability and security, but also of the region, the Government said in a press release.

Reeker and Palmer were interested in current political developments in the country, highlighting U.S. support in the implementation of reforms, especially in the field of rule of law and fight against corruption. These are issues of great importance for the purpose of opening the EU accession negotiations, which is in U.S. interest too, reads the press release.