Prime Minister Zoran Zaev was having a dinner with the Mayor of Thessaloniki Yiannis Boutaris on the New Year’s Eve in order to send a positive message that there is a will for solving the name dispute. This was announced today by Zaev, in the first comment with the Macedonian journalists after the dinner with Boutaris.

When he was answering questions about the visit to Thessaloniki, he said that the created atmosphere of friendship can be of benefit for improving the circumstances and for finding a solution for the name dispute.

Zaev said that during his stay in Thessaloniki he had a telephone conversation with the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias.

-We are creating a friendly atmosphere and pre-conditions in order to enter the process of solving the problem in the right way. I’m convinced that we can find a solution. During the visit, I spoke to the minister of foreign affairs and with Tsipras, but you have to understand that it is not that easy even for the Greek side. But, with a friendly behavior, a solution can be found so we can receive an invitation to join NATO and for starting the accession talks to join the EU- said Zaev, during a joint press conference after the meeting with the Minister of Finance, Dragan Tevdovski regarding the accomplishments of the capital investments in 2017.