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Representatives of the 12 countries members of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) gathered in the Macedonian city of Ohrid for a Foreign Ministry-level meeting.
Albanian Deputy Foreign Minister Edith Harxhi stated that regional cooperation, like SEECP, constitutes "one of the strongest pillars of foreign policy and serves as a vector towards European integration." Her Croatian colleague, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Vesna Pusic agreed that "joining Europe does not mean leaving the region, but bringing Europe closer to it." Their new Bulgarian counterpart Kristian Vigenin expressed support for the strengthening of the parliamentary component of SEECP, and Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki called for SEECP to support Macedonia's process towards EU membership.
At this Ministerial, for the first time, Kosovo was invited in its capacity as special guest of the Macedonian rotating Presidency, represented by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Petrit Selimi. The participants welcomed as "historic moment" and "new perspectives for the region" the April 19 Normalization Agreement between Kosovo and Serbia, plus the latest Agreement on the Implementation Plan.
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