US EXPECT PROGRESS AFTER GREEK ELECTIONS
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg voiced hope that Macedonia and Greece will use the post-elections period in Greece to move forward in the talks on the name.
Steinberg made the remarks at the meeting with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York.
After the meeting in New York, U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia Philip Reeker said the State Secretary Hillary Clinton's Deputy James Steinberg praised the efforts top create a better atmosphere in the talks on the name issue, the Voice of America's Macedonian news reported.
At the meeting in New York, Ivanov and Steinberg discussed the cooperation in the framework of the Declaration on Strategic Partnership, signed by Macedonia and the United States in May 2008.
President Ivanov's Cabinet said the president underlined that the planned deployment of Macedonian and US troops in Afghanistan next year, as part of cooperation between the Macedonian Army (ARM) and the Vermont National Guard, confirms the implementation of the Declaration in practice, and also signals high confidence and compatibility in the Macedonian Army in terms of NATO standards.
Ivanov attended a reception hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama, bringing together heads of state participating in the 64th session of the UN General Assembly.
On Thursday, Ivanov will meet with the UN mediator in the name dispute between Macedonia and Greece, Matthew Nimetz, as well as with the Jewish-American Committee, and with Macedonia's Albanians - members of the National Albanian-American League.
Ivanov's Cabinet describes the meeting as a regular encounter and regular exchange of views.