29 June 2019 - President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović received the Vice-President of the Republic of Bulgaria Iliana Iotova, who is visiting Montenegro.
The President expressed satisfaction with the visit of the Vice-President, and with the opportunity to meet with her, emphasizing the importance of a continuous dialogue on the quality of interstate cooperation, which Montenegro and Bulgaria consistently confirm in practice.
Relations between Montenegro and Bulgaria are traditionally good, Đukanović said, especially in the context of supporting our integration aspirations. He recalled the stable opportunities and strategic goals of our country, achieved membership in NATO and the leadership position in the process of EU accession. To that end, the adoption of a European value system and a higher quality of life leads us, said the President, a commitment to comprehensive reforms.
The President also referred to the current situation in the region and on the importance of resolving the remaining open issues, as reported the Office of the President of Montenegro. He pointed out the importance of the region's integration, for its stability, stressing that there is no stability of the Balkans without its Europeanization, neither stability nor competitiveness of Europe without a stable Balkans.
The Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria thanked the President for his reception, with high marks for the quality of relations between the two countries. She expressed full support for Montenegro's integration process, with the assessment that Montenegro's progress is significant.
"The position of the Bulgarian state in terms of enlargement is unambiguous. The place for Montenegro is in the EU, and gradually for other WB countries," Iotova said, stressing that it is a common task not only to restore the scope of enlargement to the EU agenda, but to turn it into its main foreign policy priority.
Iotova agreed with Đukanović that the security of Europe is not possible without the stability of the WB, and emphasized that the integration of the region is a guarantee for its development and progress.
It is jointly assessed that the continuation of cooperation and dialogue is crucial for further improvement and strengthening the European perspective of the region.
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