Poland supports Macedonia's EU, NATO bid - PM Morawiecki

Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki with his Macedonian counterpart, Zoran Zaev in Warsaw on Thursday. PAP/Jacek Turczyk

Poland supports Macedonia's efforts to become a member of the European Union and NATO, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said at a joint conference with his Macedonian counterpart, Zoran Zaev in Warsaw on Thursday.

PM Morawiecki highlighted this year's 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. "I have congratulated the prime minister on the conclusion of the long-standing dispute with Greece over the name of the country. It certainly wasn't an easy process, but now Macedonia has an opportunity to integrate with NATO, for example," Morawiecki said.

Morawiecki also congratulated Zaev on the EU's agreement to start accession negotiations with Macedonia. "Poland supports Macedonia in a number of its aspirations and efforts, including NATO membership. We hope this will happen soon and will strengthen the security dimension in this part of Europe, in the Balkans," Morawiecki stressed.

"I also talked with PM Zoran Zaev about bilateral cooperation. There is a direct and very popular passenger connection between Warsaw and Skopje. We're very pleased with that because this testifies to the positive development of our trade, investment and tourist relations," PM Morawiecki noted.

The two prime ministers also talked about cooperation between the countries' defence industries.

"There's huge interest from Macedonia in purchasing Rosomaks (Polish-made armoured modular vehicles - PAP), the modernisation of artillery and tanks and also radar technology. Poland may offer very high quality equipment at affordable prices," Morawiecki said.