On the 10th of September, at Crystal Palace Hotel, H. E. Mr. Marjan Gjorchev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Macedonia to the Republic of Bulgaria,

and his spouse hold a reception on the occasion of the Independence Day, which is celebrated this year for the 27th time.

In his address to the guests the Ambassador emphasized: "Our population is multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-confessional, but it believes in the European road for Development and European values. The country has good and friendly relations with its neighbors. The citizens of Kosovo and Albania travel to Macedonia only with their ID cards. We continue to build friendly relations with Serbia. With Greece we are in a process of building trust and finding solutions and, as a result, we have signed an agreement to end the dispute over the constitutional name of the Republic of Macedonia.

We have signed a friendship agreement with Bulgaria for cooperation and good neighborly relations. A very important project for both countries that we work on is the construction of a transport corridor connecting the Black Sea with the Adriatic and Ionian seas. There are activities in the field of energy, as well as to increase the tourist exchange between the two countries. We are proud of the successes in our cross-border cooperation, where we are the best in Europe."

H. E. Mr. Marjan Gjorchev stressed the fact that the Republic of Macedonia has been on the path of European integration for 25 years and highly appreciates the support of Bulgaria in this direction.

Finally he invited the guests to taste the symbolic combination of European Catering and traditional Macedonian specialties.

Mrs. Emilia Kraleva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Ognian Zlatev, ambassadors, diplomats, academics, journalists and friends of the country, were present at the meeting.

Photos: "Diplomatic Spectrum"

Above: H. E. Mr. Marjan Gjorchev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Macedonia to the Republic of Bulgaria during the welcoming speech.

Below:

First row: H. E. Mr. Marjan Gjorchev and his wife; Mr. Sashko Nasev, Director of the Cultural and Information Center of the Republic of Macedonia in Sofia and Mrs. Emilia Kraleva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria; H. E. Mr. Ştefan Gorda, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Moldova and his wife, and Mrs. Anna Tertychna, Counselor and Deputy Head of the Mission of Ukraine (left); H. E. Mr. Moayad Fathallah Eldalie, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Arab Republic of Egypt and H. E. Mr. Alberto Alfredo Manuel Trueba, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Argentina

Second row: H. E. Mr. Radomir Bogdanovic, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and his wife (on his left); H. E. Mr. Michael Forbes, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ireland and H. E. Mrs. Zakia El Midaoui, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Morocco; H. E. Ms. Ana Maria Sampaio Fernandes, Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil and H. E. Mrs. Päivi Blinnikka, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Finland; H. E. Mr. Grigorios Vasilokonstandakis, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hellenic Republic and H. E. Ms. Nargiz Akif Gurbanova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan