President Zoran Milanović arrived in Montenegro on Monday for a two-day official visit that marks the beginning of a two-week foreign tour.
Milanović traveled from Cavtat to Tivat, Montenegro, aboard the Croatian Navy vessel Omiš. From there the president went to Cetinje where he was welcomed by his Montenegrin counterpart Milo Đukanović.
Talks between the two heads of state focused on bilateral relations, the situation in the region, the coronavirus pandemic, and Croatia's support to Montenegro in the process of its integration with the European Union. The two countries are also partners within NATO.
"I am pleased that I can, in this more symbolic way than when I was prime minister, offer my support to Montenegro's accession to the European Union as soon as possible. It is in our interests for all of our neighbours to join the bloc. Montenegro is the closest to achieving that goal right now. We would be happy if the others were too, but they are not," said Milanović.
For his part, President Đukanović thanked Croatia for supporting his country in achieving NATO membership. "Likewise, Croatia has continually supported us in overcoming the challenges posed by the EU accession negotiations."
On Tuesday, the Croatian president is due to meet with Prime Minister Duško Marković and Parliament Speaker Ivan Brajović. He will then return to the Bay of Kotor to meet with local representatives of the Croatian community.
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