FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF TURKEY’S RECOGNITION OF MACEDONIA
The Macedonian Embassy in Ankara held a reception honoring the 15th anniversary of the recognition of the independence of the Republic of Macedonia by Turkey.
Macedonian Ambassador Melpomeni Korneti gave a speech at the gathering held at the Swissotel yesterday and reminded the audience that Turkey was one of the first countries to recognize Macedonia's independence. Korneti also expressed her country's gratitude to Turkey for its political, economic, military and educational support following independence.
Korneti informed the audience that about 300 members of the Macedonian military forces have been trained in Turkey. The Macedonian ambassador also said the cultural ministries of Turkey and her country are working on a project to establish cultural centers in Istanbul and Skopje. The Macedonian Embassy presented each participant in the event with an envelope and stamp specially designed by the Macedonian Philatelists Association for the 125th birthday of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. Atatürk had studied and served in Manastır, a Macedonian city, during his youth, hence is regarded as a hero by the Macedonians as well.
MD: Today, Macedonia has strong ties with Turkey, and there is a cooperation on alot of fields.