Within the framework of the official visit to the United States of
America, Defence Minister Milica Pejanovic Djurisic, Phd had a meeting with the
US Secretary of Defence Charles Hagel.
conversation, Minister Pejanovic Djurisic confirmed readiness and commitment of
Montenegro with regard to the implementation of activities from the
Euro-Atlantic agenda, particularly in the areas that require additional
improvements and results. She pointed out significant progress in the areas of
rule of law, fight against corruption, increase of public support for joining
NATO Alliance, continuation of reforms in security sector, as well as
continuation of equipping and modernizing the Armed Forces of Montenegro. In
this context, she expects that the level of readiness and achieved progress of
Montenegro will be adequately recognized and verified at the upcoming NATO
Summit in Wales. In addition, Minister Pejanovic Djurisic is convinced that the
process of Euro-Atlantic integrations, ongoing in Montenegro, has significant
contribution in improving the overall efficiency and quality of public
institutions, as well as democratic development of the whole Montenegrin society.
bilateral cooperation with the USA in the area of defence, Minister Pejanovic
Djurisic said that the current military-military cooperation is meaningful and
useful for further development of capabilities and interoperability of the
Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces personnel, particularly in the area of
education and training, as well as equipping the AF units with modern
equipment. In this context she expects to expand future cooperation in other
areas. She reminded Secretary Hagel on the participation of the Montenegrin soldiers
in international missions and operations, primarily in the ISAF Mission in Afghanistan,
as well as in the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), and EU Mission “ATALANTA” in the
waters of Somalia. Additionally she informed him about the plans of sending our
soldiers to the EU Missions in Mali and Central-African Republic, about which
the Parliament of Montenegro has recently adopted a decision.
Secretary Charles Hagel emphasized the progress Montenegro made during the
previous period, particularly in modernizing and reforming defence sector. In
his talks about the upcoming NATO Summit, he encouraged Montenegro to continue
with the reforms, expressing their readiness to continue providing support in
these processes. US Defence Secretary Hagel has specifically acknowledged
results achieved by Montenegrin soldiers in international missions and
operations, expressing further support for Montenegrin efforts to, in this way,
contribute in building global peace.
During the meeting
they exchanged opinions on the actual security situation in Ukraine and its
possible reflections on the region of Southeast Europe.
meeting with US Defence Secretary Hagel, Minister Pejanovic Djurisic visited
Pentagon Memorial Room dedicated to the victims of terrorist attack on Pentagon
from 11th September, 2001 and enrolled in the Memorial Book.
Minister Pejanovic Djurisic met with the Assistant Secretary of State
for Political-Military Affairs, Puneet Talwar. On this occasion, she has
informed him with the accomplished reforms, as well as the expectations from
the upcoming NATO Summit in Wales. Minister pointed out that Montenegro has, in
continuity and in sustainable manner, implemented reforms, which in such a way
create basis for the implementation of standards and criteria envisaged by the
Euro-Atlantic Agenda. In addition, she emphasized that Montenegro is committed
in further improving good neighbourly relations and cooperation among the
countries of the region in order to ensure security and create favourable
conditions for economic development.
Assistant Talwar agreed that Montenegro achieved significant results in NATO
accession processes. He expressed his conviction that partners will recognize
the level of Montenegrin readiness to become member of NATO and encouraged
Montenegro to continue with reforms.
Furthermore, Minister met the Director of the SD Office for South and
Central Europe, Jonathan Moore. On this occasion they talked about the existing
situation in the region, as well as possible implications of the Ukraine crisis
on the region of Western Balkan. Minister Pejanovic Djurisic and Moore have
agreed that Montenegro has very important role in stabilizing the region and
enhancing good neighbourly relations, as well as that Montenegrin membership to
NATO would have positive impact to the whole region of Western Balkan.
Ambassador of Montenegro in Washington Srdjan Darmanovic,
Phd participated in meetings at the Pentagon and State Department.
Source: Government of Montenegro