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North Macedonian president, PM meet Chinese defense minister

Updated: Mar 31,2021 11:30 AM    Xinhua/

President of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski and Zoran Zaev, its prime minister, met with visiting State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe in Skopje, capital of North Macedonia, on March 30.

Citing mutual trust and friendly ties between North Macedonia and China, Pendarovski said North Macedonia firmly supports the one-China policy and has full confidence in jointly building the Belt and Road.

The president said North Macedonia lauds China’s remarkable achievements in battling COVID-19, appreciates its anti-pandemic assistance, and looks forward to more and deeper exchanges and cooperation between them after the situation improves.

North Macedonia is deeply grateful for China’s huge support and help since its independence, Zaev said, adding that his country hopes for the healthy and steady development of bilateral ties through greater collaboration in economy, trade, investment, infrastructure, and defense and security.

For his part, Wei talked about China’s progress in pandemic prevention and control, economic and social development, as well as China-US relations, and expounded on China’s principled position on issues related to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

China appreciates North Macedonia’s firm adherence to the one-China policy and hopes the country could continue to support China in issues involving its core interests, Wei said.

The Chinese side is willing to work with North Macedonia to deepen pragmatic cooperation for win-win results and common development, he said.

The Chinese army values its ties with the military of North Macedonia, and is committed to deepening exchanges and cooperation to boost the ties, Wei added.

Wei also held talks with North Macedonia’s Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska on March 30, exchanging views on relations between the two countries and the two armies, as well as the international and regional security situation.