President Ivanov meets Brazilian MPs

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Bilateral relations between Macedonia and Brazil and opportunities for their enhancement especially in the sphere of parliamentary cooperation were topics discussed at the meetings in Brasilia between President Gjorge Ivanov and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and National Defence Committee of the Federal Senate of Brazil and former Brazilian President Fernando Collor de Mello and the President of the Foreign Affairs and National Defence Committee of the Lower House of Brazilian Congress Bruna Furlan.

Aimed at realising concrete initiatives, the interlocutors concluded that it is necessary to improve contractual framework between the two countries. Initiatives on signing of mutual agreements in the sphere of culture, scientific and technological cooperation, air traffic and investments were discussed.

In the talks between the interlocutors, Ivanov underlined that Macedonian Embassy in Brasilia has already opened talks on expanding cooperation in the sphere of security with an accent on the fight against organised crime and corruption, which is a result of excellent cooperation between intelligence agencies, whereat he expressed hopes on sooner signing of memorandum of cooperation between two countries’ agencies, President’s Office said in a press release.

Ivanov underlined that Macedonia attaches significant importance to bilateral relations with this country and as a clear signal in this regard, he pointed out the opening of the Macedonian Embassy to Brasilia.

Agreement on mutual abolition of short-stay visas reached in 2016 is seen as an important aspect in development of relations between two countries and initial step for further contractual cooperation.

During his stay in Brazil, Ivanov also met with Ricardo Izar, MP in Lower House of Congress, one of the candidates for chairman of the parliamentary group for friendship between Macedonia and Brazil.