President Stevo Pendarovski addressed today the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the countries participating in the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), which is being held under the Turkish Presidency in Antalya, Republic of Turkey.
In his address, emphasizing the importance of regional cooperation, President Pendarovski said that, within the SEECP, significant results have been achieved in the past period, both in the political, economic, security and social spheres.
“We are relatively small as countries and economies, but together we are strong. The fact that we have differences and different views on membership in various international alliances does not preclude closer cooperation in all related sectoral areas of common interest”, President Pendarovski said, referring to the Covid-19 pandemic that imposed new ways of cooperating, prioritizing the economic recovery of the region of Southeast Europe.
The SEE 2030 Strategy, to be approved today, President Pendarovski stressed, is a milestone for regional cooperation in Southeast Europe, and its implementation is expected to bring increased prosperity, better quality of life and help the region achieve the goals set by the global family of nations.
In the context of the European integration process, President Pendarovski stressed that the SEE countries share a common historical, civilization, cultural and economic continuity, and therefore, given the complexity of the necessary transformation, the different views on some important historical issues even among close allies may not prevent cooperation and friendship. They should not undermine one of the most inspiring projects in history, the European integration, especially in its next phase towards the SEE partners”, President Pendarovski said, adding that the integration of the Western Balkans is in the EU’s political, security and economic interest and is a geostrategic investment in a stable and prosperous Union.
In his speech, the President stressed that North Macedonia has shown courage and wisdom in resolving difficult bilateral issues, referring to the Prespa Agreement with Greece and the Friendship Agreement with Bulgaria aimed at building good neighborly relations and overcoming differences through dialogue and understanding.