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Meeting with Ms. Elisabetta Trenta, Minister of Defense of the Italian Republic
Monday, 17 September 2018 17:50

The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, received today Ms. Elisabetta Trenta, Minister of Defense of the Italian Republic.

At the meeting, the bilateral relations between the Republic of Macedonia and the Italian Republic were discussed, the cooperation in the area of defense and security, as well as the situation related to the integration of the Republic of Macedonia into the European Union and NATO.

President Ivanov stressed that Macedonia's integration into the Euro-Atlantic structures will contribute to the stability, prosperity and openness of the entire region, emphasizing the importance of further Italian support for our membership in the EU and NATO.

The Macedonian President underlined that the Army of the Republic of Macedonia with its dedication, professionalism and highly ranked combat readiness is a proven ally of the armies of the NATO member states and continuously contributes to the joint international peace-keeping missions of the Alliance.

President Ivanov also referred to the consequences of the migrant crisis, which, as he pointed out, is a serious challenge and a factor of great concern not only for our region, but for the whole European continent, stressing that coordinated cooperation in the field of defense and home affairs is needed.

"The cooperation between the Republic of Macedonia and the Italian Republic in the field of common security has especially strengthened during the migrant crisis, and it is necessary to intensify it for the purpose of preventive action", President Ivanov said at the meeting with the Minister of Defense of the Italian Republic.

In this context, the two interlocutors exchanged views on the situation with the migration flows in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and North Africa, their influence on the continent of Europe and the region of the Balkans, and for initiating joint participation of the ARM in the military missions.

At the meeting, it was agreed that the relations between the two countries are traditionally friendly, with a high level of understanding and confidence, and a joint determination was expressed to promote and intensify the political dialogue and further enhance the bilateral cooperation.

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President Ivanov meets with the US Secretary of Defense, Mr. James Norman Mattis
Monday, 17 September 2018 11:27

The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, received today the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America, Mr. James Norman Mattis.

At the meeting, they exchanged views on the current political developments in the Republic of Macedonia, the country's Euro-Atlantic perspectives and the bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the field of defense and security.

The Macedonian President stressed that NATO and EU accession remain strategic goals and highest priorities of the Republic of Macedonia, which will contribute to the progress and prosperity of the entire region.

President Ivanov emphasized that the Republic of Macedonia remains a stable strategic partner of the United States and that it will continue to strive for the region's security, freedom and democratic progress and will actively contribute to the joint activities in the fight against terrorism and other threats globally.

President Ivanov thanked for the support that the United States gives to the Republic of Macedonia in promoting defense and security reforms both in terms of financial as well as practical and technical support through participation in joint trainings, exercises and missions. President Ivanov expressed satisfaction with the cooperation with the Vermont National Guard.

"Although we are not in NATO, our army is NATO compatible, and we are grateful to the United States for this. It is our investment to the future. We must be prepared for new threats and new challenges", President Ivanov said at the meeting with the US Defense Secretary.

The Macedonian President said that the Army of the Republic of Macedonia with its professionalism and highly ranked combat readiness is a proven NATO partner and continuously contributes to the international peace missions of the Alliance.

The intensification and improvement of the overall bilateral relations with the United States, President Ivanov added, are of long-term interest for the Republic of Macedonia.

The two interlocutors exchanged views on the challenges and expectations for the future of the region of Southeast Europe.

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Meeting with Ms. Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and EC Vice-President
Thursday, 13 September 2018 15:57
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Meeting with Ambassador Jan Petersen, Head of the OSCE /ODIHR Observation Mission
Monday, 10 September 2018 13:47
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Congratulation message by President Ivanov on the occasion of September 8th – the Independence Day of the Republic of Macedonia
Saturday, 08 September 2018 09:49

The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, sent a congratulation message to the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia on the occasion of September 8th- the Independence Day of the Republic of Macedonia.

Respected citizens of the Republic of Macedonia,

Congratulating you on September 8th - the Independence Day of the Republic of Macedonia, I would like to refer to the essence of this great holiday.

The work begun by the Ilinden fighters, continued by ASNOM fighters, was finished by the Macedonian citizens on September 8, 1991, on our third and final Ilinden.

Before that historic referendum in our homeland, there were no senior foreign officials coming in our country. It was a moment of real national self-reflection that resulted in the unimposed, authentic and pure will of the Macedonian people and Macedonian citizens.

On September 8, 1991, the Macedonian people exercised their right to self-determination, including the right to secede from the former common state. With a vast majority, the Macedonian citizens expressed their will and voted in order to constitute the Republic of Macedonia as a sovereign and independent state, with its own name and dignity. With this act, the people took over the responsibility for the future of the Republic of Macedonia, without reliance on others. As the Macedonian people are the creator of the Republic of Macedonia, so is the Republic of Macedonia the guardian of the Macedonian identity.

The Republic of Macedonia cannot be built on foundations other than those set by the referendum on independence of September 8, 1991. Our generation is obliged to preserve the covenant of the ancestors and hand it over to the descendants. It is a testament to the building of the Republic of Macedonia as a modern and democratic state in which the rule of law governs, not the people, in which everyone is equal before the word of the law - Republic of Macedonia, as a European country in which European values, standards and criteria will be reached.

The decisions made at that first and only referendum that defined the independence and sovereignty of the Republic of Macedonia were and remain binding on each of us.

Many happy returns to the independence day of the Republic of Macedonia!

Dr. Gjorge Ivanov

 
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