Leaders of Greece, North Macedonia snap historic selfie

Leaders of Greece, North Macedonia snap historic selfie

Leaders of Greece, North Macedonia snap historic selfie

The Macedonian prime minister was exceptionally cordial at the welcoming event and even took a selfie with Tsipras and his cabinet in the background after formally posing for the cameras.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrived on Tuesday in Skopje for an official visit, as the first Greek prime minister to do so.

North Macedonia is due to become the next member of NATO after Greece dropped its objections. "A truly historic day", wrote Zaev on Twitter beneath a photo of the two leaders embracing outside a government building.

With the name issue behind them, the neighbours are also touting the promise of boosting economic ties.

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In comments to the media after a meeting with his North Macedonia counterpart, Zoran Zaev, Tsipras said respect for the terms of the accord, signed in the northern Greek lake district of Prespes and settling decades of acrimony between the two neighbors, will be key to this effort.

"We showed Europe and the world that with bold decisions anything is possible", Zaev said in reference to the name deal.

Greece had always objected to its neighbour's use of "Macedonia", because of the northern Greek province of the same name.

The former Yugoslav republic officially changed its name earlier this year from Macedonia to North Macedonia, settling a dispute over its name with Greece that lasted almost three decades. The key trade-off for Skopje was assurance that Athens would stop thwarting its efforts to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union. Tsipras is joined by ten ministers and more than two dozen Greek business leaders, who will attend a business forum with him in the afternoon.

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