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Rice praises US-Montenegrin partnership

Rice praises US-Montenegrin partnership

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Tuesday with Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic and praised the partnership of the two countries in what she described as the increasing stability in the Balkans.
With Vujanovic at her side, Rice spoke at a brief ceremony at which they signed documents specifying the ground rules for U.S. military personnel who may be deployed in Montenegro.
"We share your aspirations for a Euro-Atlantic future," Rice told Vujanovic.
Vujanovic said the agreement confirmed the friendship between the two countries. He thanked Rice for the assistance the United States has provided in helping Montenegro build democratic institutions and in reforming the Montenegrin economy.
Montenegro has sought to establish closer ties with NATO, and has joined the Alliance's Partnership for Peace program _ a first step toward eventual membership.
Montenegro is a small Adriatic Sea state that last year peacefully split from Serbia.


Updated : 2021-05-14 07:06 GMT+08:00