Latvian, Macedonian Presidents Agree on Need to Expand Co-operation
On 27 April President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš welcame the Macedonian president, Gjorge Ivanov in Rīga. Presidents discussed the current relationship between the two countries. They agreed that it is important to develop bilateral dialogue, as well as to ensure a much more active economic partnership with Macedonia.
The discussion focused on issues that are of importance to Macedonia – admission to NATO and a beginning of accession negotiations with the European Union. President Bērziņš firmly supports the idea of Macedonian membership in NATO, because the country has already become involved in various NATO missions, not least in Afghanistan.
Both sides supported greater co-operation between Latvia and Macedonia in areas such as culture, education and modern technologies. President Ivanov praised Latvia’s experience in negotiating for EU membership and in relation to social and labour force policies about which Macedonia, he said, would like to learn more. President Bērziņš responded by saying that such exchanges of views would be very useful, particularly in terms of addressing the problem of unemployment, which is very important for both countries at this time.