Chargé d’Affairs Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm comments on the mandate to form the government

It is a great thing for Macedonia and the people of Macedonia that the government formation process is moving on to the next phase and that we are in sight of seeing a new government formed.  It is also important to note that President Ivanov and the leaders of the majority coalition parties found a way to collaborate in a constructive way to get to this positive place for the people of Macedonia.

We look forward to working with the new government once it is formed; we hope that it will form quickly.  There is much work to be done for Macedonia to move forward on urgent reforms and to advance on its path into the Euro-Atlantic community.  The United States remains a friend and partner of Macedonia, and we look forward to working with the new government to support those reforms and that progress.