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PM Dancila starts three-day Western Balkans tour to meet Montenegro, Macedonia officials

Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila is starting today a three-day Western Balkans tour that includes official visits to Montenegro and Macedonia, where she is scheduled to meet state officials.

In Podgorica, Montenegro, Dancila will meet her Montenegrin counterpart Dusko Markovic, the country’s President Milo Djukanovic and Chairman of the Macedonian Parliament Ivan Brajovic.

This will be the first official visit of a Romanian prime minister to Montenegro.

According to a Romanian government statement, the latest developments in the bilateral relationship, in Montenegro’s EU accession negotiations, possibilities for Romania’s support, as well as co-operation inside NATO will be analysed at the meeting.

The visit to Skopje will also be the first by a Romanian prime minister to Macedonia since the declaration of the country’s independence in 1991.

While in Macedonia, Dancila will hold a series of high-level meetings with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, with Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov, and Chairman of the Macedonian Parliament Talat Xhaferi.

During the talks, opportunities for developing the bilateral relationship will be examined and the latest developments in the European and Euro-Atlantic journey of the Republic of Macedonia will be analysed.

The political dialogue with officials from both countries will focus on reconfirming close bilateral relations grounded in supporting EU membership and ensuring regional stability and security.

In the context of the special attention attached by Romania to its relations with the Balkan states, the ways to continue the development of good bilateral relations with these two countries will be explored, with emphasis on strengthening economic co-operation.

A major objective will be the European agenda of the two countries, given the importance Romania will give to the Western Balkans region during its term in office as president of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2019.

Regional security will also be looked into in partnership logic, taking into account the recent invitation to Macedonia to join NATO, as well as Montenegro’s recent NATO membership.

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