Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu on Tuesday had a meeting with the Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, on the occasion of the first’s official visit to Podgoritza.
The two officials discussed about the European future and the bilateral cooperation with NATO, the status of bilateral cooperation and the recent regional developments, reads a MAE (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) release.
Minister Melescanu voiced the Bucharest authorities’ satisfaction with the special level of Romanian-Montenegrin relations and their readiness to further stimulate bilateral dialogue at high governmental level.
“Teodor Melescanu underscored that Montenegro has a true friend and partner in Romania, in what concerns its European aspirations, after Romania supported Montenegro’s accession to NATO too,” says MAE.
The meeting reviewed the dynamics of bilateral cooperation, with the parties voicing their openness towards identifying new measures to diversify sectors of interest and bilateral contacts.
PM Markovic emphasized Montenegro’s interest in the scientific and technological fields, socials security and growing economic interaction between the business communities of the two countries.
“Teodor Melescanu showed that Romania remains an active supporter of Montenegro, of its expansion policy, and also of the indubitable European future of the Western Balkans, according to the established accession criteria and parameters,” said the MAE release.
Also, the Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterated Romania’s readiness to assist the reform efforts of Montenegro, including through the Romanian Mobility Fund for Governmental Experts.
Melescanu congratulated Montenegro for its strategic European and Euro-Atlantic options and, as well as for its proven commitment to the reform process.
“The building of the rule of law states and solid institutions is likely to accelerate the European accession process of Montenegro, which can become a model to be followed by the entire Western Balkans region,” the release points out.
Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs underscored Romania’s firm commitment to a strong, solid, cohesive European Union. In what concerns the discussions regarding the future of the Western Balkans, he reiterated his belief that ensuring stability and security in the region must represent a priority and a common objective of EU and NATO.
Meeting with chairman of Montenegro’s Parliament: Romania’s support for the European path of Montenegro, reaffirmed
Romania’s Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu on Tuesday met Chairman of the Montenegrin Parliament Ivan Brajovic, as part of an ongoing visit to Montenegro.
According to the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE), Melescanu congratulated Brajovic on the success achieved by Montenegro’s recent accession to NATO, a strong effort also at the level of the country’s legislature.
He reconfirmed Romania’s support for the European path of Montenegro, including at parliamentary level, while noting the notable progress made lately with EU accession negotiations. Melescanu also conveyed the entire Romanian Parliament’s readiness to support Montenegro on the path to European integration.
“The Romanian official underscored the special importance attached by the European Union to tangible progress in important areas of negotiations with the EU and said that without the states in the region, the European project is incomplete. He also showed the importance of political dialogue and securing the implementation of reforms from the perspective Montenegro’s status – the most advanced state in the region in the negotiating process with the EU,” says MAE.
At the meeting, Melescanu underscored the importance of the active contribution of all relevant political and civilian players from the Montenegrin society to dialogue through the widest possible political base to allow the country to advance on its European path.
“Such an approach, with the participation of all political forces, is likely to ensure an efficient legislative process,” according to MAE.
The two dignitaries also examined recent regional developments, highlighting the need to further support the process of European integration of the Western Balkans based on their own merits. Both officials emphasised the contribution of the parliamentary dimension to the preparation for the enlargement process of the countries to meet the necessary criteria for EU accession.