Macedonia and Israel Agree to Intensify Cooperation December 25, 2010Posted by Yilan in Israel, Macedonia.
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Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski and his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin at a meeting in Jerusalem on Wednesday reaffirmed the positive trend in countries’ relations and concurred to intensify bilateral cooperation in several spheres.
Welcoming Speaker Veljanoski at a plenary session before Israeli deputies, the Speaker of the Knesset – Israel’s parliament – Reuven Rivlin thanked the Macedonian government, especially PM Nikola Gruevski for his “extraordinary efforts” to organise and finance the construction of a Holocaust Memorial Center in Skopje.
Parliament Speaker Veljanoski invited his Israeli counterpart to attend the opening of this center, which is expected in March 2011, MIA reports from Jerusalem.
“Friendly relations between Macedonia and Israel have been reaffirmed with the warm welcome organised at the highest level. Thus, a message was conveyed that countries’ relations are such that even other countries may be envious,” the Parliament Speaker noted.
Macedonia, he added, has been and will be supporting Israel. “Israeli top officials have pledged support for Macedonia, at political and economic level. It is crucial our country to have such backing,” said Veljanoski who is accompanied by members of the Macedonian parliamentary group for cooperation with the Knesset, Pavle Trajanov, Slavica Grkovska and Xhevad Ademi.
Macedonian and Israeli MPs pledged to intensify bilateral parliamentary collaboration in the future.
“One of the most vital challenges facing multicultural societies, such as Macedonia and Israel, is the establishment of a common national experience, not only in formal, but also in the true sense of the word,” stressed Knesset Speaker Rivlin addressing the parliamentary session.
This “experience”, according to him, despite the cultural, language and traditional differences can lay foundations for joint democratic values. “In countries like ours, implementing democratic principles is not a trivial issue or a simple slogan, but a daily test. It is a test in which parliamentary democracy plays an important role by defending the rights of both minorities and the majority,” Rivlin said.
The Macedonian Parliament Speaker was welcomed at an official ceremony by his counterpart Rivlin in the Israeli Parliament.
Moreover, Veljanoski laid wreath on the monument of the fallen in Israel’s wars.
In the course of his official visit to Jerusalem, Veljanoski is scheduled to meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday.