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Skopje: Montenegro took over a one-year presidency of A5

Skopje: Montenegro took over a one-year presidency of A5
Published date: 13.12.2017 14:40 | Author: MVP

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro prof. Dr. Srdjan Darmanović participated today in the ministerial meeting of the American-Adriatic Charter (A5) in Skopje. This meeting was final activity within the Macedonian Chairmanship of the Charter which will take over Montenegro in January 2018.

Minister Darmanović congratulated Macedonia on the successful Chairmanship of the Charter and stressed that it was of a particular importance to Montenegro bearing in mind that during that term we became a member of the Alliance.

He assessed that the interest of all members and observers of A5 is a long-term stable and prosperous Western Balkans and that European and Euro-Atlantic integration, as well as the strengthening of regional cooperation, are the best guarantors for achieving this goal. He said that the US-Adriatic Charter was one of the most important regional mechanisms for cooperation in the field of security and integration what was demonstrated during the entire Macedonian Presidency. In that context, he recalled the A5Summit, held in August this year in Podgorica, when the US Vice President Mike Pens and heads of states and governments of the countries of the region made strong support and confirmed commitment to integration processes of the Western Balkans.

The head of Montenegrin diplomacy stressed that Montenegro, while chairing the Charter, will be committed to promoting Euro-Atlantic aspirations of the countries of the region and actively assist in implementing reforms and meeting standards for membership to NATO as soon as possible.

During the meeting, the importance of practical cooperation within the Charter was particularly emphasized and activities of the Joint Team A5, under the auspices of the "Resolute Support" Mission in Afghanistan, were mentioned as a good example. On this line, Minister Darmanović said that Montenegro will encourage further strengthening of practical cooperation and its expansion to other areas of importance for the security of the region and Europe.

The meeting in Skopje was the first A5 Ministerial meeting where our country participated as a member of NATO.