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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

TWENTY YEARS OF
DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
SWISS CONFEDERATION
PRINCIPALITY OF LIECHTENSTEIN
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
KINGDOM OF BELGIUM
JAPAN
CZECH REPUBLIC
SLOVAK REPUBLIC
KYRGYZ REPUBLIC
SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
PLURINATIONAL STATE OF BOLIVIA
KINGDOM OF SPAIN
HUNGARY
GRAND DUCHY OF LUXEMBOURG
ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT
PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC
IRELAND
HOLY SEE
REPUBLIC OF AUSTRIA
REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN
REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
ISBN 978-9989-2072-8-0
2014
Naum Naumovski Borce 73,
1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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TODAY, IF WE HAVE NO PEACE, IT IS BECAUSE WE
HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT WE BELONG TO EACH
OTHER-THAT MAN, THAT WOMAN, THAT CHILD IS MY
BROTHER OR MY SISTER. IF EVERYONE COULD SEE
THE IMAGE OF GOD IN HIS NEIGHBOR, DO YOU THINK
WE WOULD STILL NEED TANKS AND GENERALS?
BLESSED MOTHER TERESA - ANGEL OF HOPE
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n 2014, we celebrate the 20th an-
niversary of establishment of diplo-
matic relations between the Republic of
Macedonia and the Swiss Confedera-
tion, the Principality of Liechtenstein,
the Russian Federation, the Kingdom of
Belgium, Japan, the Czech Republic, the
Slovak Republic, the Kyrgyz Republic,
the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, the
Plurinational State of Bolivia, the King-
dom of Spain, Hungary, the Grand Duchy
of Luxembourg, the Arab Republic of
Egypt, the Portuguese Republic, Ireland,
the Holy See, the Republic of Austria and
the Republic of Uzbekistan Te friendly
relations that the Republic of Macedonia
has been fostering with the anniversary
countries, ever since the establishment
of diplomatic relations, are featured with
continual cooperation, eforts for build-
ing a joint future, strengthening the
mutual trust in the spirit of friendship
and understanding, being marked as well
by the joint commitment to the further
promotion of the relations. Te estab-
lished partnership relations have proven
to be strong to withstand all challenges.
Te intensive bilateral exchange at all
levels confrms the quality of the hitherto
cooperation, which has resulted in a num-
ber of harmonized and signed agreements
and plans for future activities with a view
to building a comprehensive coopera-
tion and friendship. In the context of the
political dialogue, we share the same
values and commitments to reaching high
democratic standards in our respective
societies and better life for our citizens.
Te Republic of Macedonia is strongly
dedicated to advancing the bilateral rela-
tions, while undertaking intensive activi-
ties for their further development, relying
on the principles of mutual appreciation
and respect. In addition to the steady
promotion of the political, economic and
trade cooperation, the friendship forged
with the anniversary countries is also
reafrmed through joint activities under
international and regional organizations.
Together with the esteemed countries
with which we celebrate this anniversary,
the Republic of Macedonia has been
continually contributing to the world
peace and security, as well as to the eforts
to counter global threats of terrorism,
proliferation of weapons of mass destruc-
tion and organized crime, contributing as
well to the eforts for preserving a healthy
environment, dealing with economic and
social problems and strengthening the
respect for human rights. Te Republic of
INTRODUCTION
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Macedonia has been actively contributing
to human rights and freedoms promotion
and protection, having strengthened the
eforts in this respect as a constructive
member of the United Nations Human
Rights Council. We are all of the opinion
that our cooperation thus far has been
successful, yet there is the realistic need to
further intensify and expand the coop-
eration in all areas of mutual interest. To
this end, there will be additional eforts
made to undertake joint projects that
would help make our friendly ties even
stronger. Te Republic of Macedonia and
the countries with which it celebrates this
anniversary share common values such as
democracy, human rights, while pursuing
a policy of openness to all countries, to
the Region, Europe and to the world. In
this context, the Republic of Macedonia
indeed takes due account of its own and
of the common interests, highly appre-
ciating the strong constructiveness and
solidarity of the anniversary countries
when it comes to the attainment of the
strategic commitments of Macedonia to
European Union and NATO membership.
Being a country of long European history,
we remain dedicated to making our Euro-
pean future a reality, decisively applying
European values and standards. In the
last 20 years, we have invested great many
eforts in creating a climate favourable to
a more successful, bilateral, regional and
multilateral cooperation with countries in
our immediate and wider neighbourhood.
Tis anniversary completes a two-decade
process of promotion and fostering of
comprehensive relations and cooperation
between the Republic of Macedonia and
the nineteen anniversary countries, and
it reafrms the need to even more inten-
sively develop the relations in the coming
twenty year period, in the spirit of friend-
ship, and mutual understanding and trust.

H.E. Mr. Nikola POPOSKI,
Minister of Foreign Afairs of the
Republic of Macedonia
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SWITZERLAND STAYS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING
ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL TRANSITION
IN MACEDONIA
S
ince Macedonias independence in
1991, Switzerland has been supporting
transition processes in the country and
has developed a trusted partnership based
on mutual interests. A Cooperation Ofce
was opened back in 1997.
Te close ties between the two coun-
tries are best documented by the sizeable
Macedonian diaspora, around 80,000
people, living in Switzerland which con-
tributes to promoting bilateral coopera-
tion as well as cultural exchanges.
In recent years, the Swiss Coopera-
tion concentrated on two domains: rule
of law and democracy as well as water
and environment. Te new Coopera-
tion Strategy 2013-2016 is rooted in the
spirit of the agreements of cooperation
between the governments of Switzerland
and Macedonia and was developed by the
Swiss Agency for Development and Co-
operation (SDC) and the State Secretariat
for Economic Afairs (SECO) in close
consultation with Macedonian govern-
ment ofces and partners, such as the civil
society.
It represents a strong commitment to
supporting the economic, social and po-
litical transition processes in Macedonia,
building on Switzerlands long-term pres-
ence in Macedonia and earlier achieve-
ments.
Over the years, Swiss-Macedonian co-
operation has grown. Today Switzerland
is the sixth largest development partner of
Macedonia. Te goal of the Swiss Cooper-
ation is to support Macedonia in address-
ing remaining challenges in alignment
with the priorities as defned by its Gov-
ernment for specifc sectors. It focuses
on three thematic domains: Economy,
Water, Governance and Decentralisation.
Switzerland has relevant expertise in all
three domains and is confdent that it
can make an efective contribution. Te
foreseen fnancial commitments for the
period 2013-2016 amount to 85 million
Swiss francs.
H.E. Mr. Stefano LAZZAROTTO,
Ambassador of Switzerland to the
Republic of Macedonia
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T
wenty years ago, the Russian Federa-
tion and the Republic of Macedonia
established full diplomatic relations at
ambassadorial level. Two decades of
intensive political, economic and humani-
tarian cooperation clearly demonstrate
the availability of the enormous potential
of both countries for mutually benefcial
exchange in all felds without exception.
Nevertheless, it would be amiss to sup-
O
ver the past two decades since es-
tablishing diplomatic relations, the
Republic of Macedonia and the Princi-
pality of Liechtenstein have maintained
friendly bilateral relations, an open politi-
cal dialogue complemented with periodic
high-level visits and meetings and active
cooperation in the multilateral setting.
Foreign Ministers Nikola Poposki
and Aurelia Frick held a bilateral meet-
ing in New York, during the UN General
Assembly (23 September 2014), whereas
Minister Poposki, at the invitation of his
counterpart Frick, also attended the meet-
ing of the Informal Ministerial Network
for the International Criminal Court,
dedicated to promoting the system of
international justice and international
criminal accountability.
Te relations between Macedonia and
Liechtenstein have a potential to expand
the economic cooperation and trade, in
line with the contractual framework cre-
ated to this end between the Republic of
Macedonia and the EFTA Member States.
RUSSIA AND MACEDONIA:
20 YEARS OF TRUE FRIENDSHIP
PRINCIPALITY OF LIECHTENSTEIN
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pose that the history of Russian-Macedo-
nian cooperation doesnt go beyond this
twenty-year period, which is relatively
short in a historic perspective. Te roots
of the diverse ties between the peoples of
the two countries go deep into history,
and their spiritual closeness, cultural
and language commonality provide the
unbroken maintenance and constant
development throughout many centuries.
Tis is, indeed, a precious heritage that
we have inherited from our ancestors
and that we have a kind of moral duty to
strengthen and enlarge conjointly.
A milestone in the history of this route
was the establishment of the Imperial
Russian Consulate in Bitola in 1860, the
frst ofcial representatives of our country
on the territory of present-day Republic
of Macedonia. A direct contact channel
was established on a permanent basis,
which undoubtedly contributed to the
intensifcation and further strengthening
of the long-term friendship that served as
the foundation of efective cooperation.
Te practical beneft of such partner-
ship is difcult to overestimate for both
countries.
United in their struggle against the
challenges of the 20th century, fghting
shoulder to shoulder against the Nazi oc-
cupiers and overcoming the difculties of
the post-war period, the two nations have
rallied more. Together we resisted the as-
pirations of our opponents to separate us,
to break the ties binding us. In particular,
the awareness of the common invaluable
past and the mutual desire to move into
the future and create modern history to-
gether helped not to betray ourselves and
keep considerable added value of two-
sided communication which was available
at the time.
Te current state of Russian-Macedo-
nian relations demonstrates that we have
already achieved signifcant progress in
this way. Russia and Macedonia have
succeeded in establishing a high-level
political dialogue. Trade and coopera-
tion progressively grow, as cultural and
humanitarian relations constantly extend.
Exceptionally important is that Russian-
Macedonian cooperation is based on the
principles of real equality, mutual respect
and trust.
Te political foundation of our co-
operation is the Declaration of Friendly
Relations and Cooperation signed by
Presidents Boris Yeltsin and Kiro Gligo-
rov in Moscow, in January 1998, and the
pledge of its harmonious development is a
great number of intergovernmental agree-
ments. In order to implement provided
goals and objectives, both sides carry out
regular bilateral contacts at the highest
level and maintain close relations between
the two Ministries of Foreign Afairs and
other core ministries, competent organi-
zations and social institutions, universi-
ties, business circles and civil society
organizations.
Tis constant process of interacting
helps us to defne the priorities of our
cooperation and not to deviate from
the arterial direction, which particu-
larly involves conducting a constructive
dialogue with Macedonian colleagues in
international organizations. Our coun-
tries have similar positions on a wide
range of international issues, including
the peaceful settlement of conficts, the
formation of a multi-polar world order,
the strengthening of the central role of the
United Nations and the afrmation of the
principles of international law in relations
among states.
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Very good tendencies have been ob-
served over the last several years in the
economic cooperation between Russia
and Macedonia. Te Russian Federation
is one of the biggest foreign investors into
the Macedonian economy. Today, there
are about ten companies with Russian
capital on the territory of the Republic of
Macedonia. Among them is the subsid-
iary of one of the world's largest oil cor-
porations, Lukoil. Te employees of these
companies are working every day side by
side with their Russian colleagues, thus
confrming in practice the spirit of friend-
ly relations between the two peoples.
In Russia, we have a deep sympathy
for Macedonia. Te Russian Federation
was one of the very frst countries to
recognize the Republic of Macedonia
with its constitutional name. In the years
that followed, the Russian leadership
has always supported the paramount
values of this countryits independence,
sovereignty, territorial integrity and
sustainable stability.
Today, Russia sees Macedonia as a seri-
ous partner in international relations in
the Balkans and one of the key countries
that is eager and capable of carrying out
its responsibilities.
I am confdent that the overall scope
of our bilateral relations attained in the
whole history of our interaction and in
the past 20 years in particular creates a
frm base for further promotion of our
cooperation in all directions of common
interest. I believe that our Macedonian
partners fully share this assessment.
Addressing my warmest congratula-
tions and greetings to the people of Mace-
donia, I would like to express my conf-
dence that the Russian Federation and the
Republic of Macedonia will always remain
true and sincere friends.
Ambassador of the Russian Federation
to the Republic of Macedonia
H.E Mr. Oleg SHCHERBAK
T
he Ministry of Foreign Afairs of
the Republic of Macedonia and the
Embassy of the Russian Federation hosted
a reception at the Aleksandar Palace
Hotel on 27 January 2014 to mark the
20th anniversary of the establishment of
diplomatic relations between the Republic
of Macedonia and the Russian Federation.
Te reception was attended by high-
ranking representatives of the Republic
of Macedonia, representatives of the
diplomatic corps in the country and other
guests and friends of both countries.
Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola
Poposki and Russian Ambassador Oleg
Scherbak made speeches on that occasion
focusing on the immense signifcance of
the date when diplomatic relations be-
tween the two countries were established.
Two decades ago, in a very difcult pe-
MFA AND RUSSIAN EMBASSY HOST RECEPTION
TO MARK 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF ESTABLISHING
DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
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riod that the Republic of Macedonia was
going through, the Russian Federation
unconditionally supported Macedonias
independence under its constitutional
name.
Minister Poposki stressed in his ad-
dress that since the establishment of
diplomatic relations, the Macedonian-
Russian dialogue had been continuously
promoted. He also emphasized the con-
certed efort for promoting cooperation
and friendship between the people of the
two countries.
Russian Ambassador Scherbak un-
derlined that the Macedonian-Russian
cooperation was of mutual interest and
was based on the principles of genuine
equality, mutual respect and trust in the
best interest of the two nations.
An exhibition dedicated to the history
of the Macedonian-Russian relations was
also opened as part of the reception.
DEAR MACEDONIAN FRIENDS,
T
his year, we are celebrating 20 years
of diplomatic relations, a perfect mo-
ment to look back on the excellent quality
of our relations.
Over the years, our bilateral relations
have considerably developed in the
diplomatic, human, cultural and
economic felds. Tere were visits at the
highest level: Albert II visited Skopje
when he was our King, King Philippe
visited as Crown Prince, and President
Ivanov was received at the Palace just
afer he took ofce. Several treaties
have consolidated our legal framework
and facilitated travel and trade. As for
economic relations, I could mention the
yearly economic mission that will take
place in May, or the successful investment
of Van Hool, the producer of buses near
Skopje.
Belgium is known for chocolate,
beer and diamonds, as well as for comic
strips. Soon, well bring an exhibition
by the Marc Sleen Foundation. Over the
years, close contacts in the cultural feld
have brought some of our best artists to
BELGIUM IS ALWAYS READY TO GIVE YOU A HAND
AS GOOD FRIENDS DO
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Skopje, including Jan Fabre or Wim Van
de Keybus in the feld of contemporary
dance for example.
Brussels, our capital, is also the capital
of Europe. We fully support Macedonias
European perspective. We are fully aware
that the path towards membership is not
always an easy one. Still, I would like to
stress the value of the process and the
importance to proceed with the needed
reforms. It asks not only for important
changes in legislation, but also for the
implementation of the European values,
that contain rights and duties for both
government and citizens. Your country
has been making important eforts, and
we encourage you to continue, looking
forward to your EU membership, but also
fully adhering to the EU state of mind. We
are always ready to give you a hand and to
share our expertise, as good friends do.
Yours sincerely,
Anick VAN CALSTER, Ambassador of
H.M. the King of the Belgians
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
BETWEEN MACEDONIA AND BELGIUM MARKED
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n the occasion of celebrat-
ing the 20th anniversary of
establishing diplomatic relations
between the Republic of Macedo-
nia and the Kingdom of Belgium,
an exhibition of animated draw-
ings by one of the best known
Belgian comics artists and car-
toonists, Marc Sleen, was staged
at the Ministry of Foreign Afairs
in cooperation with the Embassy
of the Kingdom of Belgium in
Sofa on 11 September. In his speech
delivered on that occasion, Macedonian
Foreign Minister Poposki pointed out that
over the course of the past 20 years the
Macedonian-Belgian relations developed
on the principle of mutual respect thus
laying foundations for varied and long-
term cooperation. Te Ambassador of
the Kingdom of Belgium to the Republic
of Macedonia, Anick Van Calster, em-
phasized in her address that cooperation
between the two countries in the past 20
years was successful in a number of areas.
She also said she was very confdent that
the future of the Balkans and the future of
Macedonia was in the European Union.
Te event was also attended by rep-
resentatives of other state institutions,
scholars, the diplomatic corps, a delega-
tion of political directors of the ministries
of foreign afairs of the Benelux countries,
and many friends of the Republic of
Macedonia and the Kingdom of Belgium.
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I
am very glad about the 20th
anniversary of the establishment of
our diplomatic relations this year. Our
bilateral relationship has deepened during
these 20 years through the realization
of high-level governmental visits,
cooperation in various felds within the
international community, such as the
United Nations, and projects of economic
cooperation. Te Zletovica Basin Water
Utilization Improvement Project which
was completed last year is one of the great
symbols of our bilateral cooperation. I
hope that the facilities constructed under
this project will be utilized in an efective
manner.
I visited Skopje last November for
the frst time to present my credentials
and was greatly surprised that so many
people know and like Japan. Afer that,
I took part in the opening ceremony of
the Japanese Film Week in Macedonia
this March. For many years the Embassy
of Japan has co-hosted Japanese Film
Weeks which have become one of the
important platforms for introducing
Japanese culture. At the end of September
we also organized a performance of Noh
Teatre for the frst time in Macedonia to
celebrate the 20th anniversary. A variety
of exchanges has been carried out, e.g.
every year some Macedonian students
are awarded scholarships by the Japanese
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports,
Science and Technology to study in Japan.
Te 20th anniversary is a very
good opportunity to promote our
friendship. Te ofcial ceremony of the
20th anniversary of the establishment
of diplomatic relations will be held
in Skopje, while a new Macedonian
Ambassador has just arrived in Japan.
Japan is committed to strengthening the
relationship with Macedonia which plays
a key role in the West Balkan region.
As Japan will host the Olympic and
Paralympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo, I
do hope that many Macedonian people
will be interested in Japanese culture and
language and will also visit Japan!
H.E. Mr. Makoto TAKETOSHI,
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of Japan to
the Republic of Macedonia
JAPAN IS COMMITTED TO STRENGTHENING THE
RELATIONSHIP WITH MACEDONIA
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A
ceremony was held at the Macedo-
nian Cinematheque on 14 March to
mark the 20th anniversary of the estab-
lishment of diplomatic relations between
the Republic of Macedonia and Japan,
attended by Foreign Minister Nikola
Poposki, the Japanese Ambassador to
the Republic of Macedonia resident in
Vienna, Makoto Taketoshi, and numerous
lovers of the Japanese culture.
Foreign Minister Poposki emphasized
on that occasion that Japan had demon-
strated great dedication in its relations
with Macedonia throughout history
despite the geographic distance. He men-
tioned in this regard the Skopje earth-
quake of 1963 and one of the best-known
and most creative architects of the 20th
century, Kenz Tange, who, at the Japa-
nese Emperors initiative, provided solu-
tions for the reconstruction of Macedo-
nias capital, and recalled the compassion
and aid from the people of Macedonia for
the tsunami-stricken regions of Japan.
Japanese ambassador Taketoshi said in
his address that the friendly relations be-
tween Japan and the Republic of Macedo-
nia developed uninterrupted, highlighting
in this regard the projects assisted by the
Japanese Government, and said he hoped
the successful cooperation would con-
tinue in the following 20 years.
Te Japanese Film Week was also held
as part of the anniversary celebration,
in the course of which seven flms were
shown directed by the greats of Japanese
flm, including Masayuki Akehi, Masahiro
Shinoda and Yamamoto Satsuo. Te event
opened with the screening of Satsuos
1962 flm Ninja, a Band of Assassins.
MACEDONIA AND JAPAN MARK 20 YEARS OF
DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
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T
he 20th anniversary of the establish-
ment of diplomatic relations between
the Czech Republic and the Republic
of Macedonia belongs to the modern
history of our nations and is of course a
reason for contemplation. However, it is
not only two decades that bind us. Our
peoples are connected by long-lasting
historical, spiritual, cultural and language
relations, and civilizational values. 1,150
years ago, it was Cyril and Methodius,
during their mission in Great Moravia,
who spread Christianity, created the frst
Slavic Glagolitic script and turned the Old
Church Slavonic into a liturgical lan-
guage. Tey taught the Slavs who lived in
Great Moravia to read and write and fur-
ther lead the way toward education and
progress. Tis is the common heritage of
our ancestors, which we must respect and
pass on to our descendants.
Macedonia and the Czech Republic are
very similar. Geographically, the former is
in the heart of the Balkans and the latter
in the middle of Central Europe and both
are surrounded by bigger neighbours.
And perhaps it is for this reason that our
relations are marked by excellent under-
standing of our mutual problems and
ambitions.
A high-level friendship without a single
open issue is typical for our long-term
relations with the Republic of Macedonia.
We have a solid contractual basis between
us, which covers and creates possibili-
ties for cooperation in many areas. We
managed
to activate
relations
between
our highest
state repre-
sentatives
and rising
interest
is also
proclaimed
by the
representa-
tives of the
business
sector. A new impulse for furthering trade
and economic interests has been provided
with the establishment of the Common
Committee of Representatives of the Min-
istry of Industry and Trade of the Czech
Republic and the Ministry of Economy of
Macedonia, while our presidents, prime
ministers, parliament speakers and min-
isters of foreign afairs hold meetings on
a regular basis, all of which strengthens
mutual trust and creates conditions for
further business development.
Bilateral trade has been steadily rising
and in 2013 it reached an all-time high.
Te Czech Republic is not only about
Czech beer and koda cars. Macedonias
process of EU accession opens up new
possibilities for cooperation, such as twin-
ning and using IPA funds. Other areas
in which cooperation could be further
promoted include bio-agriculture, health,
THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND MACEDONIA
20 YEARS OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
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food-processing and customs. We have
identifed an opportunity for cooperation
at the local level as well and we managed
to successfully implement several such
projects focusing on children and schools.
We also cooperate in the areas of science
and education, ofer scholarships and
exchange language professors. We realise
cultural projects, exhibitions, concerts
and meetings. Our armies also have a
high level of cooperation.
Macedonia is a wonderful and appeal-
ing country from the point of view of
tourism, wine and traditional cuisine, so
we should be creative and take advantage
of every opportunity for cooperation that
our countries and people ofer.
Te year 2014 is a year of many jubi-
lees. Besides the 20th anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic relations with
the Republic of Macedonia, the Czech Re-
public also celebrates 15 years of joining
NATO and 10 years of joining the EU.
A foreign policy priority of the Czech
Republic is making sure the Western
Balkans is integrated into the EU and I
can assure you that we will continue to
fully support Macedonias bid for EU and
NATO membership.
In the end, I would like to express my
cordial congratulations to the citizens of
Macedonia on the successfully completed
presidential and parliamentary elections,
as this is also exceptionally important for
Macedonias further aspirations.
H.E. Mr. Miroslav Rame,
Ambassador of the Czech Republic to
the Republic of Macedonia
I
n Slavic environment you probably will
not be able to fnd two other nations
with stronger spiritual bonds than the
Slovaks and Macedonians. Te spiritual
legacy of Ss. Cyril and Methodius from
the late 9th century is a very solid base
for development of our bilateral relations
even today, not only in the cultural and
educational spheres, but also in other
areas. Moreover, the Slovak Republic
and the Republic of Macedonia have
in common a relatively high degree of
multi-ethnic diversity and interest in the
harmonious integration of minorities as
loyal citizens of the state.
Te intensity of our bilateral political
dialogue can be proved e.g. by the fact
that Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki
has visited Slovakia from the beginning
of the year already three times. Te very
promising is expanding economic coop-
eration, which has its special importance
in a period of increased demands on
the performance of so-called economic
diplomacy. Slovak companies started
successfully to penetrate the local market
SLOVAKIA IS THE PRINCIPAL SUPPORTER OF THE
INTEGRATION PROCESS OF THE REPUBLIC OF
MACEDONIA INTO THE EU AND NATO
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we are reconstructing the largest prison
in Idrizovo, we will deliver more than
150 new freight wagons by the end of
the year ensuring recovery of 20% of the
cargo feet of the Macedonian Railways,
we will participate in the construction of
a regional pipeline Kleovce-Kavadarci ...
We support the civil mobility and people-
to-people contacts by providing university
scholarships, establishing partnerships
at local level (this year we succeeded to
link Municipality of Kriva Palanka and
City of Svidnk in Slovakia), supporting
inbound tourism (this year we published
the frst ever tourist guide to Ohrid in the
Slovak language), as well as a number of
projects in the feld of culture (this year
we organized in Skopje a representative,
and in the Balkans unprecedented, Week
of Modern Slovak Film, and we
are almost ready to publish the
frst ever Slovak-Macedonian
dictionary...).
Slovakia is the principal sup-
porter of the integration process
of the Republic of Macedonia
into the EU and NATO, where
we apply so-called two-A-prin-
ciple (assistance and advocacy).
Even with the help of the Slovak
know-how in summer we man-
aged to complete the establish-
ment of the Parliamentary Institute in
Skopje, we have successfully implemented
two twinning projects aimed at reforming
the local labour market and employment
policy, we organized several study visits of
government employees from the Republic
of Macedonia to Slovakia through the
Slovak Aid programmes. My country will
continue to support further reform and
integration processes of the Republic of
Macedonia, not only bilaterally, but also
within the current Slovak Presidency of
the Visegrad Group (V4) and upcoming
Presidency of the EU Council.
H.E. Mr.Martin BEZK
Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to
the Republic of Macedonia
MARKING 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF ESTABLISHING
DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS BETWEEN
MACEDONIA AND SLOVAKIA
T
he 20th anniversary of the estab-
lishment of diplomatic relations
between the Republic of Macedonia and
the Slovak Republic was celebrated at the
Church of St Sofa in Ohrid on 17 March.
In the attendance of Macedonian Presi-
dent Gjorge Ivanov, under whose auspic-
es the event took place, Foreign Minister
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T
he diplomatic relations with the
Kyrgyz Republic were established on
4 June 1994, with the constitutional name
of the Republic of Macedonia, under a
protocol signed by the ambassadors of
the two countries resident in Ankara.
During the past two decades, apart
from the meetings and discussions that
the frst Macedonian ambassador to Kyr-
gyzstan, T. Petrovski, held with the Kyr-
gyz leadership upon presenting his Let-
ters of Credence, no contacts have been
made between ofcials of the Republic of
Macedonia and the Kyrgyz Republic.
Excepting the informal meetings of
representatives of the two countries at
international organizations or at other
international gatherings or events, no
state visits have been made.
THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA AND THE KYRGYZ
REPUBLIC 20 YEARS OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
Nikola Poposki, Culture Minister Eliza-
beta Kaneska-Milevska, representatives
of other state institutions, the academic
circles, the diplomatic corps and Ohrids
local government, church dignitaries,
the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic,
Mr. Martin Bezk, as well as numerous
friends of the Republic of Macedonia and
the Slovak Republic, the Proclamation by
Konstantin, the Philosopher (St Cyril),
a signifcant volume in three languages
(Old Slavonic, Slovak and Macedonian),
was promoted and the
exhibition entitled 1,150
Years of the Arrival of
Konstantin and Metho-
dius in the Territory of
the Slovak Republic was
opened.
Minister Poposki
stressed in his address
that Slovakia under-
stood how signifcant
the enlargement of the
European Union with
the Balkan countries was
and the need for the European institu-
tions to be principled and consistent so
Macedonia and the other countries of
the region could become part of the large
European family where they naturally
belong.
We honestly wish and believe that
we are going to mark the next jubilee of
the Slovak-Macedonian relations as two
full-fedged members of NATO and the
European Union, he said.
14 Twenty Years of Diplomatic Relations 15
THE GREAT PROGRESS STEPS TO REACH ON THE
TRADITIONALLY FRIENDLY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN
VIET NAM AND MACEDONIA IN THE FUTURE
I
mmediately afer arrival to Skopje, I
am very surprised at positive changes
and great achievements by the beautiful
Republic of Macedonia in the cause of
national development and regional and
global integration under your renova-
tion and efective leadership in recent
years, I would also like to congratulate
the people of the Republic of Macedonia
on overcoming the difculties by the
global economic crisis and integrating
more deeply into regional and interna-
tional organizations contributing to the
status enhancement of Macedonia in the
Europe and the world.
I am very delighted to be recognition
that last 20 years since our two countries
established diplomatic relationship, we
have been persistently building that pro-
gresses. Despite geographical distance,
Viet Nam and Macedonia are bonded
by a relationship based on sincerity and
mutual trust.
Regarding on the political and di-
plomacy: the two countries continue to
execute the high - level political dia-
logue for the purpose of the coopera-
tion intensifcation and the information
sharing, collaboration in the framework
of regional and international issues that
concern both sides; Te two countries
will continue strengthening the high -
level ofcial visits exchanges each other
in the forthcoming years.
In terms of
the economy,
with many
advantages but
our bilateral
trade relation
still remains
modest and
not yet lives up
to the poten-
tial of our two
countries. I
suppose the
business performance measures and
orientation to be implementing more
enhancement in our relations as follows:
(i) Ministries and Authorities should
be looking to boost Viet Nams busi-
ness links with Macedonia by preparing
for signing the Economic Cooperation
Agreement; Agreement on the Promotion
and Protection of investment; Agreement
on the avoidance of double taxation and
the prevention of tax evasion; Proto-
col of diplomatic cooperation and Visa
Exemption Agreements for diplomatic
and service passport holders, creating
legal foundation for further promoting
the fne bilateral relations in politics,
economics and diplomacy; (ii) Business
organization forums need establishing
that Chamber of Commerce and Indus-
try of Viet Nam and Economic chamber
of Macedonia will play a key role in the
16 Twenty Years of Diplomatic Relations
promotion process; (iii)Viet Nam readily
facilitates Macedonian goods to penetrate
into Southeast Asia markets and instead
Macedonia will be a gateway for Viet-
namese products, especially agricultural
products such as rice, cofee, fshery and
so on can penetrate the market of Bal-
kans.
Furthermore, in the feld of education
and training, I suggest that two Minis-
tries of Education should be boosting to
sign the bilateral cooperation agreement
on that basic settings of specifc coop-
eration programs and Vietnamese and
Macedonian students may approve to
study in the areas which they need. Te
two sides should strengthen cultural co-
operation and exchanges, including par-
ticipation in each others cultural festivals
and international cultural events.
I strong belief that with broad politi-
cal consensus and greater cooperation
potentials, the bilateral traditional friend-
ship will make great strides in the future,
bringing about practical benefts to both
countries for the sake of prosperity of our
two nations.
H.E. Mr. Le Duc LUU,
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the
Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the
Republic of Macedonia
T
he Republic of Macedonia and
the Plurinational State of Bolivia
established diplomatic relations on
15 June 1994. Te two countries have
non-resident Ambassadors, while the
diplomatic communication is pursued
through the two countries respective
Permanent Missions to the UN, in New
York. Despite the fact that Macedonia
and Bolivia belong to two distant
geographic regions, the Governments of
the two countries share the interest in
the further comprehensive development
of the bilateral political cooperation,
as well as of the cooperation in areas
of economy, culture and in other areas
of mutual interest. Furthermore, there
is an evident interest in deepening
the parliamentary cooperation. Te
Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia
has an MP Group for cooperation
with Parliaments of countries in Latin
America and the Caribbean. Te two
countries also foster good cooperation
under international organizations,
especially within United Nations
bodies and organs. We would expect
that the bilateral cooperation and
dialogue, as well as our cooperation
in the multilateral setting, be further
successfully developed and advanced
in the spirit of friendship and mutual
support, by exchanging visits at all
levels and by promoting the contractual
relations framework in areas of mutual
interest.
PLURINATIONAL STATE OF BOLIVIA
16 Twenty Years of Diplomatic Relations 17
T
he solid diplomatic relations be-
tween our two countries over the last
20 years were crowned in 2006 with
the opening of the Spanish Embassy in
Skopje, which had a double purpose: to
enhance bilateral cooperation in all felds,
within the frame of our foreseen common
Euro-Atlantic destiny, and to bring our
citizens personally closer.
From the very centre of the capital,
the Embassy has since managed to ofer
Macedonian citizens many opportunities
for tasting the favour of Spanish culture,
such as famenco, classical and contem-
porary music, painting, cinematography,
photography, sports, gastronomy and
literature as aspects of the Hispanidad.
It has also supported many local cultural
events.
Te widespread and increasing interest
of Macedonians in the Spanish language
counts as a solid foundation for cultural
exchange. It exceeded the original watch-
ing of TV series and culminated with the
opening of the Spanish Language Depart-
ment at the University of Ss. Cyril and
Methodius. Te number of students there
and at private universities and academies
increases every year all over the country.
Te 2005 Culture and Education
Agreement deserves further implementa-
tion.
Our diplomatic mission endeavoured
to establish stone bridges in various
felds supported by the concluded agree-
ments and memorandums. Less visibly for
the broader public, they frame and enable
the present and future educational grants,
military specialization and participation
in common manoeuvres, experts assis-
tance, twinning projects, etc. Te bilat-
eral economic framework has fostered
the commercial presence of outstanding
Spanish companies from the car sector
and the fashion world and has increased
the participation of engineering and
construction companies in infrastructure
projects.
Spain has also made a contribution
to improving interethnic relations with
the multiannual and multimillion grant
implemented by UN Agencies, an ex-
ample of our continual mutual support
within the UNO.
No diplomatic activity would be com-
plete without reciprocal high-level visits.
REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA AND
KINGDOM OF SPAIN -
TWENTY YEARS OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
18 Twenty Years of Diplomatic Relations
Te highest civilian and military ofcials
have commuted between Skopje and
Madrid in order to boost bilateral relations
and achieve better understanding and
knowledge.
I am convinced that our strong ties
will become even stronger and will help
Macedonians fulfl their wish of joining the
European Union and NATO.
As we celebrate this anniversary, the
signing of a Memorandum of Understand-
ing between the Diplomatic Academy
in Skopje and la Escuela Diplomtica in
Madrid could be very convenient.
H.E Mr. Fernando de Galainena
RODRIGUEZ,
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to
the Republic of Macedonia
I
n the past year the
excellent bilateral re-
lations between our two
countries have steadily
developed, based on
Hungary's strong tradi-
tional commitment to
consistently support-
ing Macedonias EU
and NATO aspirations.
Hungary believes that
there is no reason why
the accession negotiations and the ones
on the name issue could not be running in
parallel.
Te Embassy of Hungary in Skopje, as
the local Presidency of the V4 cooperation
between July 2013 and June 2014, man-
aged to promote Hungarian culture and the
study possibilities of all V4 member states
with an eye to reinforcing people-to-people
contacts. Equally important was our work
on a range of EU/NATO integration issues
by providing strong support and deepen-
ing bilateral cooperation between state
institutions, refecting the frm belief that
this endeavour will further consolidate our
friendship.
Within this context several high-
level bilateral meetings have taken place,
including the ofcial trip to the Republic
of Macedonia by PM Viktor Orbn on
December 5, 2013. Te visit was preceded
by the session of the Joint Economic Com-
mittee here in Skopje. In July 2014, Deputy
Foreign Minister Pter Szijjrt ofcially
opened the Trading House of Hungary in
Skopje which is the frst such business post
in the whole region. Following the elec-
tions and the forming of the governments
in both countries, FM Tibor Navracsics and
FM Nikola Poposki already had a chance
to meet personally on the margins of the
Croatia Summit on July 11.
Te latest trade fgures show that Hun-
garian exports to Macedonia have in-
creased by 20.4 percent to 45 million euros
in the frst four months of 2014. Hungary
will continue to encourage its enterprises
to invest in Macedonia, as well as their
HUNGARY AND MACEDONIA MAINTAIN
EXCELLENT BILATERAL RELATIONS
18 Twenty Years of Diplomatic Relations 19
Macedonian partners to link up with them
for mutual beneft. Hungary is also ready
to work with Macedonia to boost coopera-
tion in the areas of culture and education.
Our cultural activities strive to reinforce
the values that connect us: our Embassy
paid tribute to this years World Romani
Day with an exhibition, a musical event and
a Roma Business Forum. Commemorat-
ing the 70th anniversary of the Hungarian
Holocaust, our Embassy presented two
notable exhibitions this summer on the life
achievements of famous Hungarian Jews
and the World War Saviours of Jews in both
Skopje and tip.
H.E. Dr. Jozsef BENCZE,
Ambassador of Hungary to the
Republic of Macedonia
I
n the attendance of the Deputy Minister
of External Economy and Foreign Afairs
of Hungary, Pter Szijjrt, the Hungarian
National Trading House, the frst of its kind
in the region, was opened in Skopje on 21
July. Te trading houses are part of the new
Hungarian strategy called "Opening To-
ward the East" whose aim is to help capture
new markets and create new possibilities
for Hungarian companies.
At the ceremony of opening of the Hun-
garian National Trading House, Foreign
Minister Nikola Poposki emphasized the
excellent relations between the Republic
of Macedonia and Hungary as well as the
important anniversary celebrated this
year 20 years of establishing diplomatic
relations.
HUNGARIAN NATIONAL TRADING HOUSE
GRAND DUCHY OF LUXEMBOURG
T
he open and friendly dialogue is a con-
stant in the relations between the Re-
public of Macedonia and the Grand Duchy
of Luxembourg. Tere is a stable dynamic
of meetings at the political level. Coopera-
tion has been established with respect to
technical assistance and sharing practical
experiences in diferent areas concerning
EU integration, such as the specifc assis-
tance from the Duchy in renovating and
adapting the Visa Centre at the Ministry of
Foreign Afairs as part of the visa liberaliza-
tion process with the European Union.
Luxembourgs consistent commitment to
supporting the enlargement process as one
of the pillars of the European Union and a
strong driving force for reform in candidate
countries is of great importance. Te two
countries adopt similar positions on the
basic democratic values of the international
20 Twenty Years of Diplomatic Relations
ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT
I
t gives me
great honour
to celebrate this
yaer marking
20 years of the
establisment of
diplomatic rela-
tions between
our two coun-
tries.
During the
past twenty
yaers we have worked to foster our bilat-
eral relations on diferent levels and in
variou spheres. Tis was evident in the ex-
change of visits, most recent of which was
the visit of the formar Egyptian Foreign
Minister Ahmed Aboul Ghiet to Skopje in
February 2010, during which a protocol
for cooperation between the Ministries
of Foreign Afairs of our two countries
was signed; a high ranking visit from the
Egyptian Ministry of Culture to Skopje in
May 2013, which paved the way for more
cultural cooperation between our diferent
cultural institutions; the visit of the Egyp-
tian Junior Business Association (EJB) to
participate in the Macedonian Egyptian
Business Forum in October 2013.
In addition to this there has been
exchange of visits related to scholarships
in Egypt covering diferent felds such as
diplomacy, agriculture, communication
and information technology, as well as
scholarships from Al Azhar University,
and respectively scholarships from Mace-
donian Universities. Such visit provide an
opportunity for people of both countries
to get closer and know more about both
our cultures.
We are adamant that such visits con-
tinue as they are a promising step towards
establishing and enhancing new, higher
forms of cooperation in all areas of com-
mon interest.
Realations between our two countries
are based on common understanding,
mutual respect and sincere friendship.
And as Egypt has always been a factor of
stability in the Middle East, we are full of
trust and optimism regarding the current
period and the democratic process and
mega economic projects we are witness-
ing in Egypt afer the 30th of June Revo-
lution, and we are sure that this period
can give a further boost to our bilateral
community, such as respect for multilater-
alism and fundamental human rights and
freedoms, building civil society, and inter-
national cooperation and solidarity in the
fght against terrorism. Furthermore, the
two countries agree on the benefts of the
processes of integration into the European
and Euro-Atlantic organizations.
Te fact that it is a current non-perma-
nent member of the Security Council, a
founding member of the European Union
and the Council of Europe, as well as an
infuential member of the International
Organization of La Francophonie, gives
Luxembourg a privileged place on the in-
ternational scene and makes it an impor-
tant partner for fostering quality bilateral
relations.
20 Twenty Years of Diplomatic Relations 21
relations.
We take pride that the Macedonian
Embassy in Cairo was the frst established
in Arab countries and Africa, a fact which
gives another added value to our rela-
tions. And for the future, we look forward
to intensifying our bilateral trade relations
and economic cooperation, and develop-
ing mutual investments through hosting
more economic forums and arranging
more visits for businessman from both
sides, and keeping up political dialogue
through more high ranking visits and
holding regular political consultations,
and this can only be attained through
hard work and persistence, which we are
confdent of its existence on both sides,
and for the beneft of the people of our
two countries.

H.E. Ms. Manal Yehia El SHINNAWI
O
n the occasion of the 20th anniver-
sary of the establishment of diplo-
matic relations between the Republic of
Macedonia and the Portuguese Republic,
it is with great pleasure that I write this
text for the Macedonian Diplomatic Bul-
letin.
Since I presented my Credential Letters
to His Excellency, the President of the
Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov,
who accredited me as a non-resident
Ambassador in Skopje, in March, I have
been working on enhancing the relations
between our two nations at all levels: po-
litical, economical, social and cultural.
Bearing in mind the importance that
the beginning of negotiations for Euro-
pean Union integration represents for
the Republic of Macedonia, Portugal, as
a member of that organisation ever since
1986, will continue to support this pro-
cess, so that the accession of the Republic
of Macedonia becomes real. We are highly
aware of the relevance that this issue has
for the Republic of Macedonia and there-
fore we are following it closely, with the
attention it deserves.
On the other hand, we will avail our-
selves of the opportunity of the commem-
oration of 20th anniversary of the estab-
lishment of diplomatic relations between
our countries to mark it with events that
will reiterate the friendship between our
two nations and peoples.
H.E. Mr. Augusto Jos Pestana
SARAIVA PEIXOTO,
Ambassador of the Portuguese Republic
to the Republic of Macedonia
PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC
22 Twenty Years of Diplomatic Relations
A
s Irish
Am-
bassador
to the
Republic of
Macedonia
(accred-
ited from
Bucharest),
I take real
pride in the
excellent
relations
between our two countries over the past
two decades.
Tere are many examples of this friend-
ship. Irish Aid, our development assis-
tance programme, provided assistance in
support of the Ohrid Framework Agree-
ment between 2002 and 2006. From 2007
to 2010, Macedonia was included in the
Irish Institute of Public Administrations
training course for public service ofcials.
On trips to Macedonia, I am glad meet of-
fcials who speak warmly of these courses.
Ireland has been consistently supportive
of Macedonias European Union per-
spective. We wish to see other countries
beneft from EU membership as we have
in Ireland. And we have shared the belief
of the European Union that the perspec-
tive of European integration is an impor-
tant agent for the promotion of stability in
Macedonia and the wider Balkans region.
As Ambassador to Macedonia, a major
part of my responsibilities is to encour-
age bilateral trade and investment. Ireland
admires the efort made by Macedonia
over the years to strengthen its economy
and the commitment to economic reform
and free trade. Tere is a lot to be done,
however, to build stronger economic links
between our two countries and a lot of
my work in Macedonia over the coming
year will relate to economic contacts and
encouraging more trade cooperation.
Relations between countries are, of
course, about friendship and ties of history
and culture as well as day to day economic
and political ties. On this test, Ireland
and Macedonia are good friends and will
remain so in the years ahead.
H.E. Mr. Gerard CORR,
Ambassador of Ireland
IRELAND
T
he Republic of Macedonia and the
Holy See have, over the years, been
enjoying relations of mutual understand-
ing and support, having been based on
the fact that both countries share the same
sets of historical, cultural and religious
values.
Te historical ties between the two
HOLY SEE
22 Twenty Years of Diplomatic Relations 23
AUSTRIA AND MACEDONIA
A
ustria and Macedonia enjoy rich
bilateral relations, which should be
viewed also from a regional perspective,
as it is our frm belief and clear commit-
ment that the European project will only
be completed once all the countries in the
region have become full members of the
European Union. Austria is among those
EU Member States who feel that the rec-
ommendation by the European Commis-
sion, which was reiterated throughout four
consecutive years, to open accession nego-
tiations with Macedonia, should fnally be
honored. Terefore, our frequent bilateral
gatherings, both in Austria as in Macedo-
nia, are primarily focusing on Macedonias
EU aspirations, of which Austria remains
one of the strongest supporters.
Apart from a growing cooperation on
the police and military sector our bilateral
relations traditionally focus on the econ-
omy.
At the
moment
there are
about 50
Austrian
com-
panies
present,
making Austria third foreign investor in
Macedonia. Austrian enterprises are high-
ly diversifed in numerous industry sectors
employing thousands of Macedonians. It
should be pointed out that Austrian com-
panies are extremely well represented in
the services sector providing high-quality
jobs and thus being an indispensable pillar
of the Macedonian economy. Te most
important areas are telecommunication,
electricity, facility management, entertain-
ment, banking sector, insurances etc. Tis
countries are deeply entrenched in the
origins of global spirituality and universal
Christian traditions, whereas important
fgures and events from their shared
past such as the noble and sacred deeds
of Skopje-born Mother Teresa and the
cultural heritage of the apostolic equals,
the holy brothers Cyril and Methodius, are
cornerstones of Europes cultural matrix.
Ever since 1969, each year sees a tradition-
al tribute event being held in Rome and
Vatican on the saints feast day, 24 May,
bearing the title of Macedonia in Honour
of St. Cyril. Te President of the Republic
of Macedonia, the Speaker of the Macedo-
nian national Assembly and the countrys
Prime Minister alternately lead the Mace-
donian state delegation at each years event
which, on its turn, provides the ongoing
framework for the political, ecclesiastic and
cultural cooperation between the Holy See
and the Republic of Macedonia.
Te Holy See considers the Republic of
Macedonia a friendly country, paying it
particular appreciation for its permanent
commitment to fostering multiculturalism
and multiconfessional, its positive attitude
towards the Roman Catholic Church in
the country and, frst and foremost, for
its respect for religious diversity as both a
centuries-old asset and the foundation of
human liberties.
24 Twenty Years of Diplomatic Relations
O
n 26 December 1994, the Govern-
ment of the Republic of Uzbeki-
stan adopted a decision to recognize the
Republic of Macedonia under its consti-
tutional name. Shortly thereafer, on 31
December 1994, the two countries signed
in Ankara the Protocol for Establishing
Diplomatic Relations between them.
Te frst ofcial contacts between Mace-
donian and Uzbekistani representatives
took place during the visit that the then
Ambassador of the Republic of Macedo-
nia to the Republic of Uzbekistan, Trajan
Petrovski paid to Tashkent in December
1996 to present the Letters of Credence
for his appointment to Uzbekistan. On
that occasion, Ambassador Petrovski had
meetings with Uzbekistani President Islam
Karimov, Minister of Foreign Afairs,
Abdulaziz Komilov, Minister of Foreign
Economic Relations, Tahir Rahimov, as
well as other Uzbekistani dignitaries.
Aside from representatives of the two
countries holding informal meetings at
multilateral organizations or international
gatherings and events, the Republic of
Macedonia and the Republic of Uzbeki-
stan have not exchanged any state visits in
the entire period since the establishment
of their diplomatic relations.
alone accounts for an investment
volume of around 400 Mio. EURO
and for more than 5.000 employ-
ees. In 2013 the bilateral trade
volume between Austrian and
Macedonia amounted to 185 Mio.
EUR an all-time high. Austrian
exports amounted to 120 Mio.
EUR, imports from Macedonia to
65 Mio. EURO.
Austrias cultural presence is
well established and expanding. It extends
from organizing musical and artistic
events to an intensifying cooperation
in the feld of education. By maintain-
ing posts of two assistant professors for
Austrian literature and culture in Skopje
and Tetovo we strive to assure that both of
the great ethnic groups can proft by this
cooperation. Also the Austrian Library
in Bitola can be seen as a refection of the
goal to decentralize our cultural activi-
ties. In the past years we concentrated on
history teaching which also has extend to
the Holocaust Memorial Center for Jews
of Macedonia, the only institution of this
kind on the Western Balkans. In addition
we focused this year on the centennial of
the outbreak of World War I and its devas-
tating efect on this region.
H.E. Dr. Tomas Michael BAIER,
Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to
the Republic of Macedonia
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