NATO welcomes Montenegro as a new member
Warsaw, Poland (9 July 2016) – On the second day of the Summit in Warsaw, NATO adopted the Political Declaration, a key political document of the Alliance, which welcomes Montenegro as a new member and voices hope that the process of ratification of the Protocol on the Accession is to be completed as quickly as possible.
Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Đukanović participated in a meeting of heads of state and government of NATO members devoted to issues of projecting stability beyond borders of the Alliance, the future role of NATO in Afghanistan and relations with Ukraine.
Recognising the importance of projecting stability beyond its borders in order to ensure long-term stability within the Alliance, Prime Minister Milo Đukanović supported passed measures for the south and the east of NATO. In that context, bearing in mind the importance of the Mediterranean for European and Euro-Atlantic stability, the heads of state and government confirmed that Active Support operation will becomeShip Watch operation, which is not a part of Article 5, and discuss the possible role of NATO in the Central Mediterranean, which would be complementary to the EU mission Sophia. Prime Minister Đukanović reiterated Montenegro's willingness to assist the Alliance in line with its capacity.
The session on Afghanistan, attended by President Ashraf Ghani, confirmed that NATO will continue to back up the Afghan Government, including the continuation of the Resolute Support mission in 2017. The Alliance will also continue to finance the Afghan forces until 2020, the meeting concluded.
The meeting of the NATO – Ukraine Commission also took place and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was in attendance as well. It was confirmed that an independent, sovereign and stable Ukraine, which is committed to democracy and the rule of law, is a key to Euro-Atlantic security and that NATO is willing to help Ukraine achieve that goal.