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Darmanović - Dendias: Montenegro’s soonest possible EU membership is a strategic goal

Darmanović - Dendias: Montenegro’s soonest possible EU membership is a strategic goal
Published date: 29.01.2020 14:45 | Author: PR Service

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The Integration of the Western Balkans is in the common interest of everybody and the soonest possible accession of Montenegro to the EU is a strategic goal, as was noted earlier today at the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Montenegro and Greece, Srđan Darmanović and Nikos Dendias, who is paying an official visit to Montenegro.

Montenegro and the Hellenic Republic have established traditionally friendly relations, reflected in the consistent support that official Athens has always provided us on the European and Euro-Atlantic path, advocating the enlargement policy to the Western Balkans, initiated by the Thessaloniki Agenda of 2003, the Head of Montenegrin Diplomacy pointed out.

"Montenegro and Greece have exemplary relations and high-quality cooperation not only on a European level but also as partners in the NATO alliance, within which we cooperate and responsibly fulfill our obligations that membership implies. In this regard, we greatly appreciate and welcome the role of Greece, as one of the carriers of the Airspace Protection Program of Montenegro," Minister Darmanović stated.

The integration of Montenegro and other Western Balkan countries is in Greece’s strategic interest because it is the best way to provide peace, stability, and progress in the region, Minister Dendias said. " Athens greatly appreciates Montenegro's contribution to the development of good neighborly relations and regional cooperation. I would like to recall our readiness in supporting your efforts towards the EU and through the implementation of the Memorandum of Cooperation in the European Affairs," and the forthcoming Thessaloniki Ministerial Conference will be an opportunity to confirm our efforts towards this direction," Minister Dendias said.

He stated that Montenegro and Greece have meaningful cooperation within NATO, which is reflected in the mission to protect Montenegrin airspace led by Greece, along with Italy.

The meeting praised the cooperation of the two countries in the areas of the economy, defense, trade, energy, tourism, transport, science, and education.

The two officials exchanged views on topics significant to the broader regional and global perspective, with particular attention to migration issues, current global developments and relations in the Region.