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Plenković and Dimitrov, who is in charge of his country's European affairs, discussed Skopje's preparations for the launching of North Macedonia's EU accession talks and bilateral cooperation.

Plenković said that Croatia strongly supported North Macedonia's European journey and implementation of reforms and that it was ready to provide the necessary expert assistance.

The two officials also discussed joint efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dimitrov expressed gratitude for Croatia's support for his country's European integration process, stressing that Croatia had had the key role in that process for a long time, which it showed by giving North Macedonia the green light for the start of accession talks during Croatia's presidency of the Council of the EU.

Grlić-Radman said that the two countries' excellent political relations without outstanding issues should be accompanied by closer cooperation in more areas of common interest, notably the business sector.

Source: HINA