Prime Minister George Papandreou on Thursday met with his counterpart from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM), Nikola Gruevski, on the sidelines of the EU Summit held here.

The meeting lasted 45 minutes, and according to Greek diplomatic sources, was held at the initiative of Gruevski.

The thorny "name issue" was among the topics discussed, focusing on prospects of ongoing UN-mediated negotiations, which should continue under the same auspices, as both sides have agreed.
They also discussed developments in the Middle East.
Diplomatic sources pointed out that such contacts between the prime ministers of the two neighbouring countries aim to reinforce the atmosphere of trust between the two sides.