Greece and North Macedonia upgrade respective liaison and consular offices to embassies

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Greece and North Macedonia on Friday exchanged notes verbales that upgrade their liaison and consular offices to embassies and consulates-general, respectively, in accordance with the provisions of the agreements settling the differences between the two countries.

“The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic and the Republic of North Macedonia, pursuant to Article 10 of the Final Agreement for the Settlement of the Differences as Described in the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 817 (1993) and 845 (1993), the Termination of the Interim Accord of 1995, and the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership between the Parties, proceeded to exchange Notes Verbales to upgrade the Liaison Office of Greece in Skopje to an Embassy and the Office for Consular, Economic, and Commercial Affairs in Bitola to a Consulate-General and, correspondingly, the upgrading of the Liaison Office of North Macedonia in Athens to an Embassy and the Office for Consular, Economic, and Commercial Affairs in Thessaloniki to a Consulate-General,” a Greek foreign ministry announcement said.

Alt. FM: Opening of respective embassies in Athens and Skopje ‘a substantial step’ forward

Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Sia Anagnostopoulou on Friday told Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) that ratifying the upgrade of Greece’s and North Macedonia’s liaison offices to embassies in both Athens and Skopje is a “substantial step that will contribute to the deepening co-operation between Greece and North Macedonia.”

  • “The ratification of the upgrade of diplomatic relations between Greece and North Macedonia with the opening of Greek embassies in Skopje and of the Republic of North Macedonia in Athens, as well as consulates-general at Monastiri and Thessaloniki, respectively, is the confirmation of our efforts towards progress and solidarity in the Balkans,” Anagnostopoulou said.

The Greek Alt FM also said this will further the implementaion of the collaboration Action Plan, as agreed upon by both countries.

North Macedonia’s FM Dimitrov on move to open respective embassies in Athens, Skopje

The opening of embassies in Athens and Skopje is a great day for diplomacy and even greater for the citizens of Greece and North Macedonia, the latter country’s Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said on Friday in a message on Twitter.

  • The exchange of notes verbales upgrading liaison and consular offices in both countries to embassies and consulates-general, respectively, is part of the Prespes Agreement signed in June 2018.

“A great day for diplomacy, and even greater for our citizens,” Dimitrov said, expressing best wishes in both languages.


Source: ANA-MPA


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