Montenegro was invited to join NATO, it was confirmed this morning at the Ministerial meeting in Brussels.
“NATO’s open door policy aims at expanding stability, security and democratic values on which the Alliance is based. We are all becoming stronger and more stable by keeping our doors open “, said the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg while opening the meeting of foreign ministers of the Member States this morning in Brussels.
The foreign ministers have just made the historic decision to invite Montenegro, which will become 29th member after negotiations.
“We congratulate the government and people on this achievement. This is a very good day for the country, the Western Balkans and for the Alliance. Montenegro has embarked on a unique way to establish the rule of law. Since 2009 we cooperate with Montenegro through the Membership Action Plan “, said Stoltenberg.
According to him, in all the years since the country embarked on the path of Euro-Atlantic Integration, the Alliance has seen a huge Montenegro’s commitment to international security.
“Today we see concrete results of this commitment. Of course, this is not the end of that road. A significant part of the work lays ahead, which refers to the adaptation of the defense system, reform of the rule of law and the strengthening of public support. These are issues on which we will continue to work while we are opening accession negotiations and during the ratification process”, said Stoltenberg.
Montenegro’s accession, he said, is an important step in relation to Euro-Atlantic integration of the whole Western Balkans.
“This clearly shows the open-door policy of NATO and our vision of a Europe free and united. That is why I’m glad ministers Igor Luksic and Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic are here with us”, said the secretary general.
Izvor: RTV Montenegro