Macedonian (FYROM) PM-designate and SDSM leader Zoran Zaev said in Brussels on Wednesday that he apologized to Serbian PM and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic.

“I expressed my regret for the carelessness of us politicians, before, during, or after the campaign. That was a moment of my carelessness,” Zaev said, according Tanjug, which cited a MIA agency report.

“Through reconfirming the need for mutual cooperation between our two countries, we shook our hands and I believe that the meeting today, besides strengthening the European perspectives of the entire region of our countries, will also mean advancing cooperation between our countries, and in this context the cooperation between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia,” Zaev said.

According to the agency, Vucic responded by saying Zaev was “acting correctly this evening.”

“We want to have good relations with Macedonia and we will have them,” he said.

Last week, Zaev said that the manner in which Serbian officials comment on events in Macedonia was “unpleasant,” while he on a previous occasion described Vucic and Serbia’s leadership as “nationalistic.”

Both Vucic and Zaev were in Brussels for an informal gathering of regional prime ministers with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherni.

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