Skopje sends foreign minister to Athens for talks to end long-standing row between neighbouring states over Macedonia name

Macedonia is poised to dispatch its foreign minister to Greece as speculation mounts that the two countries are moving towards settlement of the name dispute that has kept them at loggerheads for the past 27 years.

Signalling a compromise is in the offing, Zoran Zaev, the Balkan state’s new Social Democrat leader, used his first official trip to Brussels on Monday to announce that a solution was possible. “I know that if we have friendly relations and a good approach then a solution is feasible,” he told reporters before talks between foreign minister Nikola Dimitrov and the Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias in Athens on Wednesday.

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