Macedonia will enter the European Union before Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Thursday, congratulating Skopje in advance during his visit to the Balkan country.
“On the EU process, I believe Macedonia will enter the EU before Turkey. The process continues at a fast pace. We are a country conducting entry negotiations with the EU. However, Macedonia will enter the EU before Turkey. I hope EU membership will be beneficial for Macedonia,” Erdoğan said at a joint press conference with his Macedonian counterpart, Nikola Gruevski, following their meeting in Skopje.
During his visit, Erdoğan was scheduled to meet with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov and attend a working lunch to be hosted in his honor by Ivanov. Erdoğan was also expected to meet Macedonian Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski, and to attend a dinner hosted by Gruevski.