On May 8, 2023, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), the leading non-governmental non-partisan organization of Macedonians in the diaspora, met with the Prime Minister of Macedonia, Dimitar Kovacevski at the Macedonian Embassy in Washington, D.C. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bujar Osmani, also attended the meeting.
The UMD reiterated its long-standing positions against the name change and strong opposition to any constitutional changes as a condition for starting negotiations for membership in the European Union and the consequences of those changes. UMD pointed out that in Macedonia, minorities enjoy all democratic rights and that in no other country in Europe are so many ministerial positions represented by minorities. UMD pointed out that the rights of Macedonians in neighboring countries are deprived.
UMD and Prime Minister Kovacevski openly discussed improving relations with the diaspora – the most prominent promoter and ambassador of Macedonia worldwide. UMD requested digitizing all services available to the diaspora through diplomatic-consular missions, especially concerning issuing or renewing personal biometric documents.
UMD welcomed the strategic dialogue between Macedonia and the United States. UMD is actively advocating for the signing of a double taxation treaty between Macedonia and the United States and for Macedonia to become part of the visa waiver program so Macedonians can travel without visas for up to 90 days to the United States.
UMD expressed its gratitude for the open-door policy of Macedonian Ambassador Zoran Popov and pledged to continue its efforts in increasing support for Macedonia in the U.S. Congress through the Congressional Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian-Americans, which has 37 members.