July 12th: Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski welcomed Friday a high delegation, led by Prince Ghazanfar Ali Khan and Princess Rani Atiqa of the Hunza people, who are self-proclaimed Macedonians and descendants of Alexander the Great.
Gruevski expressed satisfaction with an establishment of ties between the two peoples, as well as Macedonia’s readiness for further boosting of the relations and cooperation in all spheres of mutual interest, the PM’s Cabinet said in a press release.
Gruevski also informed the high guests on political, economic and cultural developments in Macedonia, as well as about the country’s efforts to join the European and Euro-Atlantic institutions.
I am honored to be in my country Macedonia, the Prince said, pointing out that Hunza people are proud to be the descendants of Alexander the Great.
The princely state of the Hunza is currently part of Pakistan, former Persia, and the place of their residence is, according to historic data, the most eastern point of the kingdom of Alexander of Macedonia.
The high Hunza delegation is also scheduled to meet Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia, HH Stefan, and Skopje Mayor Trifun Kostovski.
Moreover, the delegation will visit sites and towns throughout Macedonia, as well as attend the renowned Galichnik Wedding. The Hunza visit is organized by Macedonian Institute for Strategic Research.