President Gitanas Nausėda met with President Milo Đukanović of Montenegro. The President of Montenegro who is on a working visit to the Baltic States, first arrived in Lithuania, tomorrow he will visit Estonia and Latvia on Wednesday.
The meeting aimed to discuss Montenegro’s Euro-Atlantic integration. Lithuania expressed firm and consistent support for Montenegro’s EU aspirations and offered assistance in sharing experience on the successful and effective implementation of reforms.
Lithuania is prepared to contribute to the enlargement of the EU family by supporting a credible EU enlargement policy based on established criteria and assessment of countries’ achievements. “We have gone through the process of the European integration, we know which areas require more concentration and we are ready to share our experience to ensure quality and effective implementation of reforms in Montenegro. We know from our own experience the importance of constructive, consolidating and continuous political dialogue and country-wide mobilization for successful European integration and implementation of reforms”, the President said.
The President welcomed Montenegro’s commitment to Western values and respect for Western democracy. President Nausėda wished Montenegro to continue to spread and consolidate the human rights and the rule of law in the complex geopolitical environment of the Western Balkans.
Montenegro contributes to the security of the Baltic States by participating in the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battalion in Latvia.
“The President of Montenegro is well informed about the security situation and threats in the Baltic States, he takes them very seriously and raises those issues in various international forums. We are pleased to have a friend from the Western Balkans who understands Lithuania in the field of security,” the President said.
The President thanked the Montenegrin leader for his firm stance on sanctions against Russia and active involvement in security and defense projects. Topical issues on the NATO agenda, challenges posed by hybrid threats in the region, Russian aggression in the Eastern Ukraine, as well as energy and nuclear safety issues were discussed.
This is the first visit of the President of Montenegro to Lithuania. 2021 will mark the 15th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Montenegro.
Bilateral relations between Lithuania and Montenegro have been intensifying lately. In 2017, the inter-parliamentary groups, ministers and vice-ministers of defense exchanged visits. Lithuania and Montenegro actively cooperate in strategic communication and cyber security. The Montenegrin Honorary Consulate was opened in Vilnius, in February this year.