Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Kotzias and his FYROM counterpart Nikola Dimitrov met in Thessaloniki on Thursday where they discussed ways to move forward with the name dispute.
The two men focused on the methodology, the approach of the two parties and the framework related to the name issue, the Greek foreign ministry said in a press release.
“The meeting was held within the framework of the established dialogue and consultations between the two countries, directed towards strengthening the transparency and mutual trust,” the ministry said, adding that the pair agreed to take a more direct role in the talks.
Kotzias and Dimitrov focused on the advancement of bilateral relations and cooperation in a wider context related to the ongoing Confidence Building Measures (CBMs).
They expressed their joint expectation that at the forthcoming meeting on Jan. 17, the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, Matthew Nimetz, will table an initial framework that will be used to move the process forward.