Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will meet with North Macedonia’s Zoran Zaev on November 14, on the sidelines of the Thessaloniki Summit 2019, a business event organized by the Federation of Industries of Greece.
Their first meeting was on September 24 in New York, on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting, as part of Mitsotakis’ contacts with leaders from the western Balkans.
Although the official agenda of talks is unclear, it is all but certain that the men will discuss the Prespes name deal signed with Greece’s previous government as well as North Macedonia’s stalled accession talks with the European Union.
Ahead of Mitsotakis’ scheduled meeting with Zaev, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is to meet with the North Macedonia premier, and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, in Geneva on Friday on the sidelines of the Strategic Dialogue of Western Balkans leaders, an initiative organized by the World Economic Forum.
Meanwhile Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexandros Gennimatas told reporters that Greece’s position is unchanged as regards the need to honor the Prespes deal, adding that bilateral committees would convene in the near future to discuss issues relating to the pact’s repercussions on branding with the name Macedonia and trademarks.