The Chairman of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, Li Zhanshu, met with North Macedonia Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi on Monday in Beijing.
Li, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), said the mutually beneficial cooperation between China and North Macedonia has expanded into more fields under the guidance of the two countries’ leaders.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, said Li, adding that China has taken a completely new look under the firm leadership of the Communist Party of China as it adhered to reform and opening up and pioneered a road of socialism with Chinese characteristics in line with national conditions.
Chairman Li also said China will always combine its own development with the development of other countries, promote the building of an open world economy and strive to seek development space and institutional rights for developing countries.
“The NPC is willing to strengthen exchanges with the Parliament of North Macedonia and provide legal protection for pragmatic cooperation,” Li said.
Xhaferi said North Macedonia’s Parliament will actively support all-around exchanges and cooperation between the two countries, including cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative, to advance the bilateral ties to a new level.
Parliament President Talat Xhaferi arrived in Beijing with a delegation consisting of vice-president of parliament Goran Misovski, coordinators of parlaimentary groups of SDSM, DUI and VMRO-DPMNE, and the general secretary of parliament, Cvetanka Ivanova, among others.
Arrest warrant issued for Spasov
Former special police officer Igor Spasov, who has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for murdering Martin Neskoski, is wanted on recall to prison after going missing.
Macedonian police issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday after he failed to show up to begin his sentence. The arrest warrant has been published on the web-site of the Ministry of Interior.
The former member of special police force vanished after ignoring summons to serve time after he was sentenced in prison on murder charges.
The man had probably fled justice to avoid serving a 14-year jail sentence for a murder conviction. He was to report to Idrizovo correctional facility on 18 October.
The murder took place during a late-night celebration of VMRO-DPMNE’s victory in 2011 parliamentary elections.
Matthew Palmer due in Skopje today
The US Secretary of State’s Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, will visit North Macedonia on Tuesday.
Special Representative Palmer is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.
The two are expected to discuss the bilateral relations between North Macedonia and the United States, including the US support for the country’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. They will exchange views on the situation in the country and the region.
In late August, the U.S. State Department appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Palmer as special envoy for the Western Balkans with a mandate to help integrate the region into Western institutions.
US Secretary of State has appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer as his Special Representative for the Western Balkans. In this role, Palmer will lead our efforts to strengthen U.S. diplomatic engagement in support of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and focus on integration of the Western Balkan countries into Western institutions.
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“We are not only a strategic interest, we are Europe. It means we will become a member of the European Union once we wrap up the comprehensive reform at home. The pre-accession process and closure of chapters will help us make it happen. The accession negotiations will help us wrap up domestic reform,” Zaev wrote on his Facebook page.
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