Macedonian President Gyorge Ivanov said the relations between Turkey and Macedonia were based on real friendship and strategic partnership, adding "Turkey is the strongest supporter of Macedonia".
Ivanov told AA that Turks living in Macedonia were like a bridge between the two countries increasing the good relations to the top level.
Evaluating the activities of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) in Macedonia, Ivanov said, "TIKA helps everybody in need. I want to thank TIKA and Turkish government for the their support. We will keep on strengthening our relations."
Ivanov also added that there was a stable increase in the number of Turkish tourists visiting Macedonia.
Reminding that Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, got his education in Macedonia, Ivanov said the restoration of the house belonging to Ataturk's father would be a new connection between two countries.
"We feel great respect and sympathy for Turks," said Ivanov, adding "that is how we comprehend our mutual history as well as the present, and build our future."
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