Today, President Stevo Pendarovski received the credentials of the newly appointed ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia, Gregor Presker.
Welcoming Ambassador Presker to our country, President Pendarovski emphasized his satisfaction with the excellent bilateral relations and the successful cooperation between the two friendly countries, which are characterized by permanent mutual support and respect.
President Pendarovski, expressing sincere gratitude for the clear and unreserved support that Slovenia provides for our European perspective, as well as for sharing experiences with us in this process, expressed confidence that they will continue with even greater intensity in the coming period. He emphasized the readiness for intensifying economic cooperation and increasing trade, as well as the commitment to enrich cooperation in the field of security, defense, agriculture, education and culture.
President Pendarovski said that the Macedonian minority in the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovenian minority in the Republic of North Macedonia, apart from being promoters of the cultural wealth and tradition of both countries, also represent a bridge for further strengthening of Macedonian-Slovenian friendship. In that context, the President assessed that the growing number of Macedonian students enjoying Slovenian hospitality assures that the future of Macedonian-Slovenian friendship is secured.
At the ceremony of handing over the credentials, Ambassador Presker emphasized that the excellent mutual relations between the two countries were confirmed by the fact that the Republic of Slovenia was the first foreign country to open its embassy in our country and that our country opened its first embassy in the Republic of Slovenia.
The newly appointed Slovenian ambassador emphasized the successful political cooperation between the two countries, economic as well as cooperation in the field of defense, internal affairs, culture, science, education as well as in the field of sports.
Ambassador Presker emphasized that during his mandate he will advocate for the successful progress of North Macedonia on its way to the EU and that Slovenia wants North Macedonia to fulfill all the necessary conditions for the successful continuation of the EU accession process as soon as possible. He added that the sincere, open and friendly relations between the two countries are also confirmed by the quick decision of North Macedonia to send soldiers to Slovenia, who selflessly helped the Slovenian people after the recent catastrophic floods, and expressed gratitude for the solidarity of our country and the sacrifice of the Macedonian soldiers in that difficult situation.
President Pendarovski wished Ambassador Presker success in performing his duties.