The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Poland, Croatia and Hungary participated on Wednesday, together with their Montenegrin counterpart, in a seminar on the topic of the NATO Open Door policy, with the Romanian head of diplomacy, BogdanAurescu, emphasizing the security and also economic benefits generated by Romania’s NATO membership, Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) says in a press statement released to Agerpres.
“Romania is currently at its highest security level in its contemporary history, due to its capacity as a member state of the most powerful defensive alliance in the world,” Aurescu is quoted as saying the statment.
The Romanian official presented Romania’s experience on its NATO integration path, emphasizing that the reform process that Montenegro is going through now represents, in essence, as it did in Romania’s case, a major benefit for the modernization and development of the country.
According to MAE, the head of Romanian diplomacy appreciated the constructive and balanced role played by Montenegro in the Western Balkans, emphasizing the commitment of the authorities in Podgorica to the European and Euro-Atlantic integration process. He urged the Montenegrin officials to continue the reform process, especially those related to the rule of law and raising the support of public opinion for NATO accession.
Furthermore, Minister Aurescu underscored the importance of continuing NATO’s expansion, with Romania being a firm supporter of the Open Door policy of the Alliance for the benefit of consolidating security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic space, but also as a response to the new risks at the NATO borders. In this sense, he expressed Romania’s support for the other countries wanting to accede to NATO, especially Georgia, but also Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia.
The Montenegrin Deputy PM and Foreign Minister thanked Bogdan Aurescu especially for his initiative in organizing this visit, as well as his counterparts of Poland, Croatia and Hungary who promptly answered Romania’s call, and expressed the major interest of Montenegro to receive the invitation to accede to NATO at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers scheduled for December 2015. Furthermore, he emphasized the determination of Montenegro to continue the reform process, MAE mentions.
The visit also included a tour of the Naval Command Center in Bar, hosted by Admiral Dragan Samardic, the head of the Montenegrin Army General Staff.
The joint visit of the foreign ministers of Romania, Poland, Croatia and Hungary was organized July 22-23, upon the initiative of Minister Bogdan Aurescu. The initiative is part of the support that Romania has constantly granted to the Montenegro’s NATO bid and aims to encourage Montenegrin officials to continue efforts to implement the necessary reforms, including as far as Montenegrin public support for accession to the North Atlantic Alliance is concerned.