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EU ministers 'more positive' towards West Balkan countries' EU membership talks - Finnish FM

EU ministers 'more positive' towards West Balkan countries' EU membership talks - Finnish FM
FILE PHOTO: Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto speaks to media while arriving to the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Helsinki, Finland August 29, 2019. Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander/via REUTERS/File Photo -
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HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finland’s foreign minister Pekka Haavisto said EU colleagues had more expectations of proceeding towards EU membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania as the bloc’s leaders met in Helsinki.

“In my opinion, there were more positive expectations that at some point we could proceed to talks with North Macedonia and Albania,” Haavisto told a news conference after the talks.

EU foreign ministers met in Helsinki to discuss inviting the two Western Balkan countries to become members one day, a decision repeatedly postponed over the bloc’s internal divisions.

(Reporting by Anne Kauranen; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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