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Dr Dusko Knezevic Atlantic Council Washington DC June 2017  1

Regardless of their personal opinion, every citizen of Montenegro will feel the benefits of Montenegro’s membership in the Alliance 

On many occasions I have stressed the importance of NATO membership for Montenegro, the importance for its position in the international community, economic benefits of the membership, as well as positive aspects that come from enhanced stability and security which will be felt in all aspects of the community, as well as by its citizens. But I understood the real importance of the membership at the event I had the honour to attend in Washington D.C. on June 5 – organized by the American Atlantic Council.

Dr Dusko Knezevic Atlantic Council Washington DC June 2017  2

On a historic day for Montenegro, the day which was its big investment in the prosperous future, the Atlantic Council Leadership Dinner, attended by the most prominent representatives of the diplomatic corps, the US administration and world leaders, was marked by the appreciation for Montenegro and its membership to NATO. 

The country which is a part of the Western Balkans, the region still branded as the post-conflict zone and very often associated with bad memories, challenges and ongoing problems in the international community, Montenegro was, at that moment, honoured by the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg, Vice-president of the USA Mike Pence and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

The Atlantic Council event in Washington D.C. strongly showed the importance of joining the NATO’s transatlantic family as the 29th Ally, the importance which Montenegro achieves by becoming a member of that team and the support it gets on such a prestigious level. 

That is a huge pillar for the secure and prosperous future and the benefits of being a member of such an exclusive club will be felt by all citizens of Montenegro, regardless of their personal attitudes towards the membership in The North Atlantic Alliance. 

Dr Dusko Knezevic, LinkdIN, June 16, 2017

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