Dutch FM Blok visits Macedonia

The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok paid an official visit to Macedonia on Wednesday. Blok met his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Dimitrov, with whom he held a joint press conference at the Macedonian Foreign Ministry. “We extend congratulations to Macedonia for the progress it has made in a short period and returned on the path of reforms after a serious political crisis. The name agreement with Greece is a huge step forward, by which the political leaders of Macedonia and Greece demonstrated courage and leadership to put an end to a long-lasting dispute. The Netherlands supports Macedonia’s EU perspective. Our policy is strict but fair and when the country will meet the membership criteria we will back its EU accession process in June of 2019,” the Dutch FM said. FM Dimitrov said that he and Blok also exchanged opinion on the upcoming referendum on the Prespa Agreement. Later on Wednesday, Blok also met PM Zoran Zaev, who thanked him for all the support Netherlands provides to Macedonia in the reformation processes that lead the country towards NATO and EU.