Macedonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Bujar Osmani held a joint meeting with Ambassador Philip Ricker, Senior Advisor for the Negotiation Processes in the Caucasus Region at the State Department, and Ambassador Michael Carpenter, Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna.
“The OSCE should have an inevitable, I would say, key role in management, stabilization, but also in the processes of post-conflict peace and trust building in Ukraine and in the wider OSCE region. As chairman of the Organization, we will work to strengthen the role of the OSCE in this sense, in support of its relevance. The challenges themselves make the Organization today more relevant than ever, and our task will be to preserve it and provide adequate conditions for it to function at its full potential,” Osmani pointed out.
The interlocutors agreed that the functionality and strengthened role of the OSCE, as a regional security organization, is especially needed in order to enable field support for attempts to stop hostilities and maintain stability on the territory of Ukraine.
At the meeting, the strategic partnership between Macedonia and the United States was reaffirmed, as well as the basic postulates of cooperation defined in the Strategic Dialogue held in June of this year in Washington. The USA continues with strong support for the country, including support for the country’s upcoming chairmanship of the OSCE.