British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson congratulated his Macedonian counterpart, Nikola Dimitrov, on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. He reaffirmed Britain’s support and friendship and voiced hope that the partnership of the two countries will be even stronger in the years to come.

“I’m delighted to take this opportunity to mark 25th anniversary years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Britain and Macedonia. Most recently, the UK and Macedonia worked together at the Edinburgh summit in 1992 to resolve the issues surrounding recognition of your country. British peacekeeping troops deployed in Macedonia in 2001 to police a ceasefire and in 2005, Britain helped Macedonia to receive EU membership candidate status”, he says in a letter.

Johnson adds that this year will be especially important for both countries – The UK is preparing for a future role outside the European Union, while Macedonia, says Johnson, is continuing with ambitious reforms and seeking a solution to the name dispute with Greece.

“I’m delighted to reaffirm the UK’s support and friendship. We are quadrupling our technical assistance to Macedonian and I look forward to welcoming you to the Western Balkan Summit in July. I hope that our partnership will only grow stronger in the years ahead”, says Boris Johnson in the letter.