20th April 2022, Washington – Opportunity to deepen the economic cooperation between Republic of North Macedonia and the United States of America, as well as the ongoing energy crisis were the points of discussion at the meeting between Minister of Finance, Fatmir Besimi and the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs and Special Representative to the Western Balkans, Gabriel Escobar, held within the IMF and WB Spring Meetings.
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Escobar affirmed the United States’ immense political support to our country, as well as its strong agenda for the Western Balkan countries, also including Republic of North Macedonia. The United States’ commitment to integrate the entire region into the EU is visible and unequivocal. The economic integration of the entire region is significant for both the EU and the Western Balkans, whereby the Open Balkans initiative has great potential to yield results as regards the regional cooperation, Escobar said.
In addition to the continuous political support from the United States, economic and business cooperation has been initiated between the two countries. Both parties agreed that there is huge potential for US investments in the Republic of North Macedonia, particularly given our alliance with the USA in NATO.
With joint consent and to our mutual satisfaction, the initiative for business cooperation and making investments will be a future activity translated into a plan and agenda as regards the bilateral cooperation between the USA and the Republic of North Macedonia.
At the same time, gratitude was also expressed to our country, which as a NATO ally, joined the call for a cessation of the hostilities in Ukraine, thus strengthening the future cooperation with the United States.