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FM Darmanović and Head of Bureau of European Affairs of US Department of State Philip T. Reeker discuss Montenegro – US bilateral relations

Published date 31.07.2020 20:34 | Author PR Service

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro prof. Dr. Srđan Darmanović and Head of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs of the US Department of State, Ambassador Philip T. Reeker discussed the current political situation in Montenegro, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the upcoming elections, the dialogue between the Government of Montenegro and the Serbian Orthodox Church on the Law on Freedom of Religion, persistent hybrid threats and a disinformation campaign against Montenegro by malignant external actors, as well as Montenegro's accession path to the European Union.

Minister Darmanović expressed gratitude for the US support, including aid in the fight against Sars-Cov-2, as well as for the positive role that the United States of America plays in Montenegro. He stressed that Montenegro shares strong democratic values with the United States, and reiterated Montenegro's commitment towards making progress in the rule of law and the fight against corruption. The Head of Montenegrin Diplomacy pointed out that the strategic partnership with the United States is at the top of Montenegro's foreign policy agenda, emphasizing that Montenegro is a reliable member of NATO and that we are fully committed to the promotion of common values and the fight against challenges faced by the Alliance.

Ambassador Reeker underlined the importance of the US-Montenegrin relationship, as evidenced by the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in October 2019, and praised Montenegro for the huge achievements in opening all negotiating chapters in the European integration process. He welcomed Montenegro's commitment to its Western path, and the additional efforts made to close the accession chapters. Stressing that the United States values Montenegro and the North Macedonia as the newest NATO members, Ambassador Reeker added that their contribution is very important for the region. The United States continues to support Montenegro, as a partner and ally in the fight against disinformation and hybrid attacks by malignant outside actors.

Highlighting the significance of Montenegrin sovereignty, both officials agreed that Montenegro has made an important contribution to Europe throughout history and called for deepening strong bilateral ties, friendship and cooperation between the United States and Montenegro.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro and the U.S. Department of State