Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov has been invited by Turkish president.

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov will pay an official visit on Feb. 20 to Turkey on the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Presidency said Sunday.

According to a statement, the two leaders are expected to discuss improving already “excellent” relations between Turkey and Macedonia as well as ‘steps to be taken for peace, prosperity, and development in the Balkans'” (Yeni Safak)

“The European Union is ‘very confident’ Macedonia will settle a long-running row with Greece over its name before July, the EU commissioner responsible for enlargement said today (16 February).

Athens has long objected to Macedonia’s name, arguing it suggests Skopje has claims to the territory and heritage of Greece’s historic northern region of the same name.

The row, which has festered since Macedonia’s independence in the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1991, has hindered Skopje’s plans to join NATO and the European Union.” (Euraktiv)