President Nikolić pays an official visit to Macedonia
SKOPJE – President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic and President of Macedonia Djordje Ivanov addressed a message today in Skopje that the two countries should cooperate as closely as possible since they are faced with similar obstacles along their European path and urged that all the outstanding issues among the countries in the region be resolved through dialogue.
The two Presidents assessed that the relations between
He further stated that it was not by mere chance that Macedonia was the first country he visited in the region and underlined that this gesture reflected that Serbia considered as friendly countries both the countries which have and those which have not recognized Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence.
The Macedonian President agreed that the two countries were facing similar obstacles on their European path and underlined that the only way of overcoming these obstacles was through dialogue.
“It is necessary to talk, because only talks may lead to solutions”, said Ivanov, adding that, for that reason,
"I am hopeful that a solution will be found, for if there is a will, there is a way”, stated Ivanov.
He expressed his satisfaction that
The two Presidents agreed that the conflict between the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Macedonian Orthodox Church should be resolved through dialogue between the two religious communities and added that, as Presidents of their respective countries, they would contribute to the successful outcome of that process.
The Serbian President expressed his gratitude to the state leadership of
"During the First Balkan War, the Serbian armies waged all their great battles in the
President Nikolić also met with the President of the Macedonian Parliament Trajko Veljanoski, whereafter he said that
Nikolić emphasized that the two countries are “side by side” looking forward to their common future in the European Union, but that they sought respect along that road.
"The free flow of people and goods, fight against crime and corruption, establishment of the rule of law....are all European values to which we aspire, but what we are looking for is to be respected. For us, there are no small nations,” Nikolić said.
Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski gave a formal reception in honour of President Nikolić.
Gruevski also gave an official dinner for President Nikolić and his delegation, at the traditional restaurant “Vodenica” in
Before the dinner, Nikolić attended a reception at the Serbian Embassy in
Tomorrow, Nikolić will visit three Serbian households at Sretenovo and, together with the President of Macedonia, attend the traditional “Rakijada” (brandy festival) at Valandovo. On the third day of his visit, President Nikolić will attend the ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Kumanovo and lay a wreath to the fallen heroes.