“Montenegro’s Defense Minister Predrag Bošković met in Washington with US Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Speaking about the cooperation between the two countries in terms of defense, the two officials concluded that Montenegro and the United States are strategic allies, who share and foster common democratic values.

The US Secretary of Defence said that Montenegro has made remarkable progress in implementing the necessary reforms and that, as a reliable ally within the Alliance, it makes a significant contribution to international peace and security. He said that the United States will continue to provide strong support to the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces of Montenegro in strengthening overall defence capacities.

Minister Bošković thanked the US Defence Secretary for the overall support provided by the United States to Montenegro, and stressed that the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces of Montenegro remain committed to advancing interoperability and the existing capacities in order to contribute adequately to the collective security system.

Minister Bošković and Defense Secretary Mattis discussed the mechanisms of joint participation of the two countries in the framework of the NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence, the intention of the Ministry of Defense of Montenegro to increase the presence of the Montenegrin soldiers in the Resolute Support mission, and to send two staff officers to the KFOR mission in Kosovo, as well as participation in other NATO-led missions and operations.” (Government of Montenegro)