North Macedonia deal: Greek PM Tsipras in ‘historic’ go to

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev (L) makes a selfie with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras prior to their meeting in Skopje on April 2, 2019.Picture copyright

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Selfie time: Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev (L) with Alexis Tsipras

For the primary time since Greece’s northern neighbour grew to become unbiased in 1991, a Greek chief has visited the newly renamed North Macedonia.

Alexis Tsipras accomplished a deal in January to finish their three-decade identify row, and the 2 nations at the moment are in search of to spice up their relations.

The Greek prime minister was accompanied by 10 ministers and dozens of enterprise leaders.

Counterpart Zoran Zaev greeted him with a selfie outdoors authorities buildings.

“The primary prime minister of Greece to go to North Macedonia. Actually historic day,” Prime Minister Zoran Zaev wrote on Twitter.

Greece had at all times objected to its neighbour’s use of “Macedonia”, due to the northern Greek province of the identical identify.

The 2 nations agreed that the Balkan state would develop into the Republic of North Macedonia, in return for Greece backing its long-stalled bids to hitch Nato and the European Union.

Forward of his arrival, Mr Tsipras gave an interview with North Macedonian media wherein he acknowledged that “a good portion of the Greek individuals was and nonetheless is critically involved about this difficulty”.

An opinion ballot late final month steered 73% of Greeks “most likely disagreed” with the Prespa settlement between the 2 states.

He stated he and Mr Zaev had a accountability to point out how each nations might construct mutual belief and profit from the brand new deal.

Each leaders face tough political opposition at residence. Mr Tsipras faces elections later this yr, with conservative chief Kyriakos Mitsotakis backing Greeks within the Macedonia area who he stated felt humiliated by the settlement.

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