“On behalf of the President and the people of the United States, I send best wishes and congratulations to Montenegro on your Statehood Day.

Montenegro is a valued friend and new NATO partner that is providing significant support to international peacekeeping efforts. Your steady contributions to NATO’s operations in Afghanistan and in the fight against ISIS demonstrate our shared commitment to the fundamental values in the Washington Treaty: the rule of law, democracy, and individual liberty. At the same time, the United States appreciates the stabilizing role Montenegro plays in the Balkans.  Our work together in the fight against corruption, organized crime, and violent extremism further strengthens our friendship.

We look forward to many more years of cooperation as Montenegro continues its path towards full Euro-Atlantic integration.  The United States remains your partner and ally as Montenegro celebrates Statehood Day.” (US State Department)

“The path and form of Montenegro have always depended on the vision of its leaders, both from the political and social areas, said the president of the Montenegrin Assembly, Ivan Brajovic.

During the ceremony of the 13th July awards presentation at Villa Gorica, he announced that it was time for Montenegro to turn to itself and ‘to recognize the pristine values, to exploit our potentials and to raise our roof under the European sky on our foundations and walls.’

‘Montenegro has always been a hot iron on the anvil of the past, which had been ironed under the impacts of the future. Montenegro was tempered by the flames of the Berlin Congress in 1878, as well as on 1941 July fires.’ Brajovic said.” (RTCG)

“Swiss authorities confirmed to Montenegro’s Prosecution Office that the wife of former President Svetozar Marovic had millions in an HSBC account in Switzerland at the time when he denied the family even had an account and offered the money alleged to be on it to anyone who proves it exists.

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, OCCRP, reported in 2015 that leaked documents from the Swiss Bank HSBC reveal that Djordjina Marovic, the wife of former President of Serbia and Montenegro, Svetozar Marovic, had US$3.8 million deposited in the bank in 2006/2007. Her husband and son were authorized to make transactions.” (OCCRP)

“Perched atop massive cement pillars that tower above Montenegro’s picturesque Moraca river canyon, scores of Chinese workers are building a state-of-the-art highway through some of the roughest terrain in southern Europe. The government has described the 103 mile highway, with its imposing bridges and deep-cut tunnels, as the construction of the century and a pathway to the modern world.” (Reuters)