North Macedonia, Greece, see trade boost after key name deal

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, left, talks with his North Macedonia's counterpart Bujar Osmani, right, during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Skopje, North Macedonia, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Greek Foreign Minister Dendias is on a one-day official visit to North Macedonia. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The foreign ministers of North Macedonia and Greece agreed Tuesday that bilateral ties have improved steadily since the two countries reached a deal that changed the name of Greece’s small Balkan neighbor.

North Macedonia’s foreign minister, Bujar Osmani, said bilateral trade and economic relations, in particular, have “deepened” since the 2019 agreement helped end decades of frosty relations with Greece.

Formerly known as Macedonia, the country renamed itself North Macedonia in return for Greece sup