North Macedonian State and Church Delegation Visits Prohor Pcinjski Monastery | Beta Briefing

North Macedonian State and Church Delegation Visits Prohor Pcinjski Monastery

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News / Politics | 02.08.22 | access_time 20:33

Stevo Pendarovski, Prohor Pcinjski monastery near Vranje, August 2 2022 (Photo: PrintScreen YouTube)

A North Macedonian state and church delegation visited the Prohor Pcinjski monastery in Serbia on Ilinden after a pause lasting 18 years. On Aug. 2, 1944 the Anti-fascist Assembly for the National Liberation of Macedonia (ASNOM) convened for the first time creating the modern Macedonian state. 

The delegation was spearheaded by North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski, who said that an arrangement was made with Serbia to create a working group as soon as possible on the level of foreign ministries which would arrange future Ilinden celebrations in the Prohor Pcinjski monastery near Vranje.

Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic said that today’s first ever joint celebration of Ilinden by both countries showed that they were good friends and  the degree to which "we are oriented toward the future and how much they wish for future generations to be raised in the spirit of good-neighborly relations and tolerance.”

Bishop Pahomije awarded medals to Selakovic and Security and Information Agency chief Bratislav Gasic.

Ilinden, the day when North Macedonia celebrates the day of the republic, was marked with gatherings and the wreath-laying at the ASNOM Memorial Center in Pelince near Kumanovo, in Skopje and at the Meckin Kamen site near Krusevo, where an uprising against the Ottomans started on Ilinden 1903.

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