After Boutaris, Kotzias pays official visit to Skopje


After the visit Tuesday by Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris to Skopje, the capital of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias follows suit Wednesday, in a bid to thaw relations between the two countries which ultimately could lead to a resolution to the decades-old name dispute.

Kotzias was invited by his counterpart Nikola Poposki to be a keynote speaker at an annual gathering of FYROM ambassadors.

Meanwhile, Boutaris’s visit to the neighboring country was made upon the invitation of FYROM President Gjorge Ivanov, a reflection of the close relationship built between the two men in recent years.