Petkov to Visit Skopje After His Isolation Due to COVID-19 Contact Ends

The Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported initially on Tuesday around noon that the visit of Bulgarian PM Kiril Petkov to Skopje scheduled for 18 January 2022 will be postponed. Namely, this decision followed the fact that one of the members of the Bulgarian Security Council that assembled on Monday in Sofia tested positive for COVID-19. However, later on Tuesday both the Foreign Affairs Ministries in Sofia and in Skopje reported that the visit of Petkov to Skopje will carry on as planned without any changes. According to the report of the Foreign Ministry of North Macedonia and their contacts with the healthcare authorities in Sofia, Petkov will come out of isolation few days before the official meeting in Skopje takes place. Also on Tuesday, Petkov published a video message in which he estimates the Security Council meeting in Sofia as very punctual and useful discussion. “I am glad that me, President Rumen Radev and all members of the Security Council are united around one single and simple idea – good-neighbourliness. Now follows a period in which we will discuss very important issues for the two countries, around the Bulgarians living in North Macedonia, the mutual infrastructure, cultural events, EU integration and history. Together we can do much more,” Petkov said.