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Minister Darmanović pays working visit to Germany

Minister Darmanović pays working visit to Germany
Published date 16.03.2017 21:00 | Author PR Service

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Srđan Darmanović paid today a working visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, where he met with his German counterpart and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel.

Minister Darmanović thanked Germany for the support provided to Montenegro on its path towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration. He emphasised the full commitment to implementing the necessary reforms internally. The Minister praised the results of numerous projects of development assistance and stressed the concrete support of Germany at both work and expert levels.

Minister Darmanović informed his colleague about the events before and on election day, as well as about the activities undertaken by the competent authorities in the direction of determining responsibility for the coup attempt.

Minister Sigmar Gabriel reiterated readiness of Germany to continue to support the integration process of Montenegro, describing our country as a close friend and partner of Germany and Europe in the region. In this context, he pointed that the region is at a crossroads currently, and there is a risk that the progress achieved in recent years may be called into question. Therefore, he said, the duty of Germany is to continue to encourage the path of reforms and European course of the countries of the region.

It was noted that it is necessary to further strengthen cooperation between the countries of the region. Both sides emphasised belief that the next meeting of the Berlin process in Trieste will contribute to improving transport and energy connections and will provide guidance for future activities.

Ministers welcomed the results of the elections in the Netherlands, which constitute an encouragement to European powers aimed at maintaining and strengthening the unity of the EU during the crisis of European identity and strengthening of populist ideas.

The Minister had a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel's foreign and security policy adviser Christoph Heusgen, who emphasised that Montenegro is an important and constructive partner in the integration process and as such, it can serve as an example to the countries of the region. It was estimated that the completion of ratification process and accession to the Alliance will strengthen the security architecture of the region and Europe. It was also pointed out to the importance of continuing the implementation of commitments in the negotiation process with the European Union.

The officials exchanged their opinions in the context of the general security situation in the Western Balkans and Europe.