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Montenegro to host Western Balkans summit in October

Meeting of Federica Mogherini with the leaders of the Western Balkans; Photo: EU

BRUSSELS – Montenegro will host the next meeting of prime ministers of the Western Balkan countries, it was agreed in Brussels on Wednesday, CdM reports.

PM Dusko Markovic suggested holding the summit in Podgorica and the proposal was accepted.

Markovic at the informal meeting met the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, Kosovo PM Isa Mustafa, Albanian PM Edi Rama and Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic and President of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia-Herzegovina Denis Zvizdic and Macedonian new PM Zoran Zaev.

Markovic told reporters after the meeting that the in the bilateral talks with Mogherini they noted that the negotiations between Montenegro and the EU were likely to be finalised in the next four years.

“European integration has no alternative, there is no hidden agenda, and this is our clear foreign policy priority. I got assurance that the European perspective of Montenegro is quite certain and that Montenegro successfully leads the negotiations with the European Union,” he added.

As Markovic said, he cited the example of Montenegro and Serbia arguing that different attitudes on the integration paths need not to be a limitation.

“Montenegro has aspired towards NATO and Serbia has taken a position of neutrality. But it always supported us in our Euro-Atlantic integration. Our differences should not be an obstacle but an incentive to make progress,” he said.

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