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Simović, Erjavec: Euro-Atlantic integration is pillar of stability and prosperity

Milutin Simovic and Karl Erjavec; Photo: Government of Montenegro

LJUBLJANA – Montenegrin Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro Milutin Simović met Tuesday in Ljubljana with his Slovenian counterpart Karl Erjavec, Government of Montenegro said in a press release.

The two officials highlighted the excellent bilateral relations based on traditionally good cooperation and mutual support for foreign policy priorities and understanding of the two countries’ developments and needs.

DPM Simović said that Montenegro has made significant achievements in terms of Euro-Atlantic integration and that Slovenia has played a special place in that process, stressing that it was a contact point embassy for NATO in Montenegro twice. He also underscored that Montenegro continues with a challenging agenda in terms of chapters 23 and 24, as well as chapters 27, 11, 12 and 13.

Deputy Prime Minister Erjavec praised the accomplishments of Montenegro in Euro-Atlantic accession and reiterated that Slovenia is a strong advocate and supporter of the prospective accession of Montenegro to NATO, stressing generous support in the negotiation process with the EU.

The two officials exchanged views on current political developments in the region. Special emphasis was placed on the political situation in Montenegro, concluding that Montenegro’s integration progress is an encouragement for the region as a whole and that Euro-Atlantic integration represents the pillar of stability and prosperity.

The two deputies expressed satisfaction with the continuation of good cooperation, underlining there are great potential and room for future cooperation, which is further fueled by the work of the Joint Commission and the signing of the Protocol, as well as the Action Plan in the field of agriculture and the cooperation the two chambers of commerce.

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