New headquarters of Romania’s Embassy to Montenegro inaugurated

Romania supports Montenegro’s objectives of integration in EU and NATO.  FM Titus Corlatean, to ask additional funds for MAE interventions, provided in budget revision.

Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean on Saturday said that in the next budget revision he would ask the Government to approve the allotment of an additional budget for the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s (MAE) emergency intervention fund.
‘I shall request in the budget revision that the Government allot an additional budget for the Foreign Ministry’s emergency intervention fund, the consular fund. The eviction operation (the repatriation operations from Gaza) was conducted on MAE budget funds, worth approximately 80,000 euros. Currently, at mid-year, we have exhausted our consular assistance emergency intervention fund,’ Corlatean said, in a statement made at the MAE headquarters.
He pointed out that he hoped that ‘the Finance Ministry, under these circumstances, understand and support us in obtaining the revision of these amounts.’
In another development, FM Titus Corlatean on Friday, while paying an official visit to Montenegro, highlighted Romania’s support for the national objectives of this state for the integration in the EU and NATO, shows a press release from the ministry. Titus Corlatean paid an official visit to Montenegro on Friday, at the invitation of his counterpart, Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs and European Integration Minister Igor Luksic. The two officials had an official meeting in Podgorica, MAE informs.
According to the cited source, Corlatean encouraged the Montenegrins to continue the domestic reforms in terms of democracy and rule of law, necessary to obtain concrete progresses on the path of European and Euro-Atlantic accession.
‘The Romanian chief diplomat mentioned that our country grants a special importance to NATO’s open doors policy, appreciating that the Alliance expansion significantly contributes to the consolidation of European and regional security. Titus Corlatean noted the progresses Montenegro registered as aspirant state and reiterated our country’s firm support for the integration in NATO, highlighting that Romania is and will remain an active supporter of Montenegro’s candidacy within the Alliance,’ MAE underscores.
At the same time, Corlatean reiterated Romania’s support for the progress of Montenegro’s process of accession to the European Union and voiced appreciation for the progress made so far, which allowed the opening of new chapters of negotiations, in the EU-Montenegro Accession Conference of June 24. In the Romanian dignitary opinion, these progresses are a clear expression of the country’s commitment on the European path.
In his turn, the Montenegrin Foreign Minister Igor Luksic voiced appreciation for the constant support position for his country which Romania adopted in the Euro-Atlantic structures, affirming that Romania is among the most vocal supporters of Montenegro’s integration objectives.
‘The two dignitaries voiced their consternation and deep compassion and solidarity with the families of the victims who died so tragically in the aviation catastrophe in Ukraine’s air space. The Romanian Foreign Minister voiced clear expectations for the initiation as soon as possible of an international investigation meant to clarify the circumstances of this dramatic event,’ MAE points out.
Moreover, Minister Titus Corlatean inaugurated with Igor Luksic the new headquarters of Romania’s Embassy to Montenegro.
‘The new headquarters of our Embassy will provide optimal facilities for developing common projects launched within the bilateral contacts and will enable the intensification of the dialogue both with the Montenegrin officials and mostly with the Montenegrin citizens. The new headquarters will provide the facilities necessary for organising public and cultural diplomacy events, as well as consular services at Schengen standards,’ the Romanian chief diplomat said.
According to MAE, the official visit to Montenegro was devoted, among others, to the commemoration, together with the Montenegrin authorities, of one year since the tragic accident of last summer, when 18 Romanian citizens died.
On the occasion of his official visit to Montenegro, FM Corlatean met with Montenegrin Minister of Economy Vladimir Kavaric; the two high officials agreed on the need for the speedy signing of the Energy Cooperation Memorandum, the Romanian Foreign Ministry informs.

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