The US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Hoyt Brian Yee will arrive tomorrow in Skopje on a two-day visit during which he will meet with president Gjorge Ivanov, the party leaders and as the embassy says “Speaker of Parliament, Talat Dzaferi.”
“Hoyt Brian Yee, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, will visit the Republic of Macedonia on April 30 and May 1, 2017. Deputy Assistant Secretary Yee will meet with President Gjorge Ivanov, Speaker of Parliament Talat Xhaferi, political party leaders Nikola Gruevski, Zoran Zaev, Ali Ahmeti, Bilal Kasami, Vesel Memedi, and Menduh Thaci, as well as with representatives from the civil society and diplomatic communities. Together they will discuss the status of government formation, bilateral relations, and the reforms needed for Euro-Atlantic integration, “ said the announcement of the U.S. Embassy.
Some of the politicians that Hoyt is going to meet were injured during the violent incidents at the Parliament building two days ago, when a group of citizens that were attending the protest “For a United Macedonia” stormed Parliament and injured many MPs, journalists, policemen, and citizens.
On Hoyt’s agenda will not be the most injured MP, the party leader of the Albanian Alliance, Zijadin Sela, who is hospitalized at KARIL. Instead, Yee will meet with another MPMP, Vesel Memedi.
The US State official will meet with the president of state, Gjorge Ivanov, even though it was announced that there won’t be such a meeting. Ivanov’s cabinet announced three days ago that the President was too busy to meet with Hoyt Yee, but after the outbreak of violence at Parliament, Ivanov’s cabinet announced that the previously planned activities on the president’s agenda were cancelled in order to have a leadership meeting that he requested on the night of the incident at the Parliament.
The US Department of State strongly condemned the attack on Parliament and called upon the Macedonian authorities to guarantee the safety of all members of Parliament, to investigate the attack thoroughly and to hold responsible those that have committed acts of violence.