The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, this afternoon met with, newly-elected President of the Assembly of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Talat Xhaferi, as part of his first official visit abroad.

Mogherini, as stated from her cabinet, welcomed the election of Talat Xhaferi as a President of the Assembly by the majority of MPs, stressing that this is a role that needs to be above party and inter-ethnic politics, with the President of the Assembly working for the benefit of all citizens and communities.

“In the discussion, High Representative Mogherini repeated the EU’s strong condemnation of last week’s violence in the Parliament against MPs and journalists. She welcomed the election of Talat Xhaferi as a President of the Assembly by the majority of MPs, stressing that this is a role that needs to be above party and inter-ethnic politics, with the President of the Assembly working for the benefit of all citizens and communities. The EU is ready to work with him, the parliament and all other institutions to advance the Urgent Reform Priorities as well as the Pržino Agreement implementation”, stated Mogherini.

She stressed that the European Union expects all political parties to engage constructively in the political process, including on government formation, and in the work of the new parliament.