Greece backs EU ambitions of North Macedonia and Albania

epa07997244 Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis delivers a speech at the 4th Thessaloniki Summit organised by the Federation of Industries of Greece (SBE), in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, 14 November 2019. EPA-EFE/GRIGORIS SIAMIDIS

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Greece offered words of encouragement for North Macedonia and Albania on Thursday as the two countries’ efforts to open accession talks with the European Union continue to be frustrated.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that “despite reservations” the EU is “keeping its doors open.”

Mitsotakis said Greece wants both its neighbors in the EU and said their efforts will come to fruition “at some point.”

Last month French President Emmanuel Macron led a small group of EU leaders who blocked accession talks.

“We are disappointed,” North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said after meeting Mitsotakis on the sidelines of an economic forum in Thessaloniki in northern Greece.

Zaev said he had received “huge encouragement” from his Greek counterpart adding that “there is no alternative for us,” referring to North Macedonia’s EU aspirations.

Via DW

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