PM Gruevski to meet U.S. VP Biden, Sec of State Clinton
Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Macedonia's strategic goals and the country's efforts for overcoming of the name issue with Greece, thus removing the only obstacle for Macedonia's EU and NATO accession will be the main topics on the agenda of Wednesday's meetings of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski with U.S. Vice-President Joseph Biden and State Secretary Hillary Clinton, MIA reports from Washington.

The Macedonian delegation, which also includes Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki, Ambassador Zoran Jolevski and PM Cabinet's chief Martin Protoger, will stress the Government's commitment to settling the outstanding issue with Greece.

The meeting will also welcome the excellent political relations and possibilities for the further development of  the bilateral cooperation, as a step forward to upgrading the strategic partnership agreement.

PM Gruevski will focus on the reforms aimed at meeting European and Euro-Atlantic standards, realizing of Macedonia's aspiration for EU and NATO accession, which is the Government's strategic goal.

Ahead of the talks with Biden and Clinton, Gruevski met Tuesday with Philip Gordon, Assistant State Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, as well as Steven Knapp, president of George Washington University. Interlocutors referred to the possibility for students' exchange and providing scholarships, but also exchanged opinions over the forms of continuous development of the higher education, as well as overtaking US experiences that could be applied in Macedonia.

In the course of the Washington stay, Gruevski is set to meet with US Senators and Congressmen.

Gruevski's visit to the US has been prepared since last August, while the date for his meeting with Biden, as US Ambassador to Macedonia Philp Reeker said recently, was set before the New Year.


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