Romania will entirely endorse the efforts of the Republic of Montenegro to join NATO and the European Union, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Wednesday, at the end of an official meeting at Victoria Palace with his Montenegrin counterpart Milo Djukanovic.
‘I want to voice on this occasion Romania’s total support for the efforts Montenegro made for the accession to NATO and the European Union. I believe the presence of Montenegro in NATO will represent a new historic step for the stability and peace in the region and the successful completion of the negotiations with the European Union, also, a fundamental message to Europe’s future. Moreover, I offered Montenegro support as concerns our experience of negotiation with the European Union. As other candidate countries, they can learn both from the good things Romania has done and also from the mistakes made by Romania and I wish Montenegro joins the EU member states at the shortest,’ the Romanian Prime Minister said quoted by Agerpres.
About Djukanovic’s presence in Bucharest, Ponta says it represents an important moment in relaunching the dialogue between the two countries.
‘I am very glad for this visit taking place at five years after Mr Prime Minister Djukanovic last came to Bucharest. It has been an important moment for relaunching the dialogue between the two countries. Furthermore, Mr Prime Minister Djukanovic participated together with other 14 Prime Ministers in the region in the China-Central and Eastern Europe Summit,’ the Romanian chief of Government showed.
Victor Ponta added that the discussions with the Montenegrin Prime Minister also tackled the consolidation of the economic bilateral relations between the two states, with a Romania-Montenegro economic forum being planned to be organised next year in this respect.
In a special ceremony held in Victoria Palace, prime minister Victor Ponta handed official medals to the Montenegrin and Romanian institutions representatives involved in rescuing people in the tragic crash of the bus with Romanian tourists in Montenegro this September.
On the sidelines of the official meetings at Victoria Palace, Romanian Economy Minister Andrei Gerea and Information Society and Communications Minister of the Republic of Montenegro Vujica Lazovic signed an agreement on the economic cooperation of the two states, in the presence of the two Prime Ministers.
Also yesterday Senate Speaker Crin Antonescu met Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic. ‘First of all I too would like, as the other Romanian authorities did, to thank you for the extraordinary friendly attitude you had to our country at difficult times this summer. It was a gesture no Romanian will forget and I want to assure you that, in our turn, we are real friends to you. I have recently had the pleasure to meet Speaker of the National Assembly of Montenegro and discussed the parliamentary dimension of the cooperation between our countries. It is a great honour to meet you today and discuss the immediate future, the things that our governments, parliaments, countries can do together,’ Antonescu said.
In his turn Milo Dukanovic thanked for the warm reception he was given and said he was to visit Bulgaria. ‘I want on my behalf and on the behalf of the delegation to thank you for the warm reception you gave us. It is much pleasure to me to visit your country,’ said Prime Minister of Montenegro, who is next to pay a visit to neighbouring Bulgaria.