Romania President on official visit to Macedonia

Romanian President Traian Basescu is on an official visit to Skopje today, where he is meeting with his Macedonian counterpart George Ivanov.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Ivanov in the Macedonian capital, Basescu said that Bucharest would accept any solution on the name issue that is reached between Skopje and Athens. He expressed his hope that the issue will be resolved soon.

The two heads of state are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation, particularly in the fields of communications and information society.

Ivanov and Basescu will also give their support to bilateral economic cooperation by addressing the Macedonian-Romanian Business Forum that will be held in Skopje later today.

This afternoon Basescu is also scheduled to meet Macedonia Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.

“The business forum is an excellent opportunity for the enhancement of bilateral economic cooperation and the development of business relations among the countries’ companies,” the press statement from the office of the Macedonian president reads.

Romania and Macedonian nurture good political relations, and Bucharest has supported Skopje’s aims to join NATO and the EU. However, economic experts say that there is much room for improvement in economic cooperation between the two countries.

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