Results that Montenegro has made are recommendation for getting a membership in NATO as soon as possible, said co-chairman of the Montenegrin caucus in the US Congress Doug Lamborn at a meeting with the Minister of Defence Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic in Washington.
The Ministry of Defence has announced that Pejanovic-Djurisic and Congressman Lamborn also discussed further aspects and modalities of support of the Congress for Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Montenegro, and the strong support for Montenegro to be invited to join NATO by the end of the year was also sent by a Senator Ben Cardin.
Pejanovic-Djurisic met congressman Michael Turner from Ohio. She congratulated his re-election and thanked for the strong engagement and promoting the interests of Montenegro in Congress.
“She also informed the interlocutor about the activities carried out within the framework of the intensified and focused dialogue with NATO. Congressman Turner, who is also the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, affirmed the progress of Montenegro on its road to NATO highlighting the full support of the Parliamentary Assembly’s open-door policy of NATO”, the statement said.
Defence Minister also met with the President of the German Marshall Fund (GMF) Karen Donfried and the advisor for security and defense policy in the GMF Derek Chollet.
Pejanovic-Djurisic presented her guests with the results achieved in the implementation of reforms in key areas that are rated as priority – the rule of law, fight against corruption, reform of the military and security sector and strengthening public support.
She stressed the firm commitment of Montenegro to fulfill all the prerequisites so that by the end of 2015 a call for membership would follow, and singled out that the certain prospect of membership of Montenegro is also important from the aspect of strengthening the stability of the Western Balkans region.
The Minister also gave a lecture at GeorgetownUniversity on the topic of “NATO enlargement and the EU: Challenges for a New Europe”.
“After the lecture, the Minister spoke with the graduate students of the School of International Relations about the current security, political and socio-economic issues in the light of current developments in Eastern Europe. She pointed out that only the integration of all countries and the adoption of EU standards can contribute to lasting peace, stability and economic progress of the region”, the statement added.
Izvor: RTV Montenegro