Montenegro has made visible progress in implementing the reforms, and the continuation of their implementation will be the basis for the decision to call for NATO membership at the end of the year, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said during his visit to Podgorica, where he arrived Wednesday afternoon with 28 Ambassador of the North Atlantic Council (SEC).

"Intense and focused dialogue has proven to be a great success, and the reforms implemented in Montenegro ensure NATO's standard," said NATO Secretary-General in the first talks with Montenegrin officials. Immediately upon his arrival in Podgorica he met Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic, Deputy Prime Minister Duško Marković and Igor Lukšić, and Defense Minister Milica Pejanovic-Djuric.

Stoltenberg and Ambassadors of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) arrived at the first official visit to Montenegro to get acquainted with the achievements that this country achieved in implementing reforms in various areas, in particular the reform of legal institutions and the fight against organized crime, and will discuss Thursday with the highest Montenegrin officials and parliamentary opposition leaders.

In talks with Montenegrin President Stoltenberg, he stressed that Montenegro should continue to reform key areas so that member states could make a decision on Montenegro's entry into NATO at the end of this year, according to a press release from Vujanovic's office. Stoltenberg also pointed out that visiting the NAC would be an opportunity for the immediate acquaintance of the ambassador with the reforms undertaken and that along with the Progress Report would be the basis for making a decision "on making a call at the end of the year," the statement said.

(Hina)