Montenegro President Milo Đukanović was a guest at a working lunch with the ambassadors of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries hosted by the Ambassador of Poland to Montenegro Artur Dmochowski, in the context of the Polish Presidency of the Visegrad Group.
Karel Urban, Ambassador of the Czech Republic, and Boris Gandel, Ambassador of Slovakia, were also at the working lunch, while the representative of the Embassy of Hungary could not attend due to health reasons.
“Ambassador Dmochowski welcomed the President, saying he was especially pleased that the meeting was organized the day after the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Visegrad Declaration which offered a broad political framework for cooperation between these countries, stressed that today, in addition to friendly and good neighbourly cooperation, they are also connected by an awareness of common values and the will to achieve shared goals in international politics,” reads the press release issued by the Montenegro President Office.
“The Visegrad Group, as one of the symbols of a united Europe and an efficient model of regional cooperation, can also be a model for the future of the WB. Under the motto “the strong four in a strong Europe”, the Visegrad Group supports the integration of Montenegro into the European and Euro-Atlantic structures,” Dmochowski said, adding that Montenegro’s NATO membership represents an exceptional achievement. He also commended Montenegro’s achievements in the negotiations with the EU as a leader in this process, expressing hope that a pro-Western and pro-European political course would be maintained and lead to the EU membership and enlargement which, he said, was a path without an alternative that the V4 countries strongly advocate.
Montenegro will always have an ally on that path, the Ambassador said on behalf of the Visegrad Group.
President Đukanović said he was pleased with the meeting and thanked the Ambassador of Poland for the initiative on behalf of the Visegrad Group countries, which he sees as a confirmation of interest in the situation unfolding in Montenegro and the fields for cooperation with the V4 countries. He reminded the valuable and traditional friendship Montenegro shares with the V4 countries and reiterated his strong commitment to the strategic course towards Europe and NATO.
“The absolute and unreserved support of your countries on the path to adopt strategic values and the experience within the Visegrad Group are inspiring for all of us,” the Đukanović said. He expressed satisfaction with the cooperation and friendship of the Visegrad Group countries towards Montenegro, an experience that could serve as an example for the entire Balkan region. He welcomed the strong economic growth of these four countries, which strengthens the political authority of the V4 within the EU, and which is especially important for the Western Balkans given that Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary have exceptional understanding of the WB region and more sensibility when it comes to its needs.
A the request of the Ambassadors, he briefed them on the current political situation in Montenegro in the post-election period, expressing confidence that Montenegro will overcome the crisis and return to the European system of values because, as he pointed out, “our view is not a provincial one in relation to Europe; instead, we want a market economy, democracy, the rule of law, which is why we strive to be part of the European Union”.
The conversation confirmed a high interest in current Montenegrin and regional topics and support for Montenegro’s ambition and its path towards the EU, as well as for the enlargement to the Western Balkans, which also constitutes a foreign policy priority of these countries.
Đukanović expressed once again his gratitude for the hospitality and the unwavering commitment to Montenegro and the WB and congratulated the Visegrad Group on the anniversary of its establishment and the successes of its member countries. /ibna