France welcomes the decision made by President Gjorge Ivanov to award the mandate to form a government to Zoran Zaev, the president of SDSM, announced today the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“This is an opportunity for the country to overcome the political crisis. We hope that that the new government will be formed soon”, reads the statement.

The French Ministry for Foreign Affairs said that the new government needs to focus on stabilizing the situation and returning Macedonia on its European-Atlantic path.

“France calls on all political forces represented in Parliament to establish constructive dialogue within the institutions of the future authorities, and start implementing urgent reforms necessary for the permanent stabilization of the country and progress towards European integration”, reads the statement.