Mei will visit the Balkan countries

© AFP 2018 / Ben StansallПремьер Minister Theresa may. Archival photoMei will visit the Balkan countries© 2018 AFP / Ben Stansall

Prime Minister Theresa may during a visit to Bulgaria and Macedonia will assure that Brexit will not affect the United Kingdom’s commitment to European security interests, according to the office of the Prime Minister.

«The Prime Minister today during a visit to Macedonia, the first visit of the incumbent British Prime Minister in the Western Balkans for nearly twenty years – will emphasize a total commitment of great Britain to preserve European security, and maintaining European values», — stated in the transferred RIA Novosti news Agency the message of the Prime Minister’s office.

Tony Blair, as Prime Minister, visited the Western Balkans in 1999.

It is reported that the first may will travel to Sofia for the EU summit on the Western Balkans, where will emphasize a desire to work with European partners for the benefit of stability, security and prosperity in the region. From the Bulgarian capital may go to Macedonia.

«There she will meet with Prime Minister Zoran by Sevim to discuss the program of reforms undertaken by the government to strengthen the democracy, maintain the rule of law, establishing relations with neighbors, and to discuss progress in the negotiations with Greece on the issue of constitutional name», — stated in the message.

Greece requires changing the name of the neighboring Republic, that it is not confused with the Greek region of Macedonia, and considers that Skopje is pursuing a policy of irredentism, that is, the attempts of reunification of the territories with a divided nation within a single state.

On the occasion of world day against homophobia, the British Prime Minister will meet with representatives of the Macedonian LGBT community.

«Will conclude his visit the Prime Minister’s speech at a reception in Parliament, to be attended politicians, officials, soldiers and future leaders of the Macedonian companies,» according to Downing street.

Anticipating his visit, Mae recalled that at present Macedonia and the United Kingdom will celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations, and noted that these relations are as strong as ever.

«Next year the UK will leave the EU, but we do not leave Europe and we will continue to work with our partners to defend our collective security and defending the European values that are shared by so many people in Macedonia and the Western Balkans,» reads the statement of the Prime Minister.

10 July, London will host the summit on the Western Balkans, the main themes which will strengthen regional cooperation in the security sector, strengthening economic stability and political cooperation.