The President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, during his official visit to the Republic of Austria, met with the Federal Chancellor, Brigitte Bierlein.

At the meeting, they exchanged views on the overall bilateral relations between the two countries, which are stable and friendly and characterized by mutual trust and respect. The exchange of visits at high-level was assessed at the meeting as the best indicator of the level of development of relations between the two countries, which this year mark 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations.

President Pendarovski expressed his gratitude for Austria’s overall support for North Macedonia’s European Union aspirations and reaffirmed the expectation that the European Council would make a decision in mid-October to launch accession negotiations for North Macedonia’s membership in the European Union.

Chancellor Bierlein praised the achievements and reforms implemented in our country.

President Pendarovski also stressed the importance of Austria’s support to North Macedonia in dealing with the migrant crisis, through the continued presence of Austrian police forces at the southern border line since 2015.

Earlier, President Pendarovski was received with the highest state and military honors by the Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen. During the official visit, President Pendarovski is scheduled to meet with the President of the National Council of the Federal Assembly of the Republic of Austria, Wolfgang Sobotka.

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