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Country Specific Information: Montenegro

July 10, 2011 Comments off

Country Specific Information: Montenegro
Source: U.S. Department of State

June 30, 2011

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: Montenegro is a small Balkan country that has experienced significant political and economic changes over the past two decades. There are many tourist facilities in Montenegro, but they vary in quality and some may not be up to Western standards. Read the Department of State’s Background Notes on Montenegro for additional information.

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State Department Background Notes — Montenegro

March 20, 2011 Comments off

State Department Background Notes — Montenegro
Source: U.S. Department of State

The United States recognized Montenegro on June 12, 2006 and formally established diplomatic relations on August 15, 2006. The U.S. maintains an Embassy in Podgorica. The overriding goal of U.S. assistance to Montenegro is to help the country transition to a prosperous, market-based democracy fully integrated into Euro-Atlantic institutions, including NATO and the European Union. The United States supports these efforts by helping Montenegro ensure stability through broad-based prosperity, building an effective security partnership, strengthening the rule of law, and reinforcing democratic institutions. Specifically, in support of Montenegro’s efforts to become a NATO member, the U.S. is working to help the country enhance its border controls, institutionalize more effective law enforcement practices, and increase its military capabilities. In addition, a top U.S. priority is strengthening the rule of law and building Montenegro’s capacity for combating corruption, thereby increasing public confidence in governance. U.S. assistance also seeks to strengthen the role of civil society to promote the reforms necessary for EU accession. Economic reform will also continue to play an important role in achieving U.S. goals for Montenegro. In order to further develop commercial ties between the United States and Montenegro, the first American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Montenegro) was launched on November 19, 2008, and as part of the strategic partnership between Montenegro and State of Maryland, the U.S.-Montenegro Business Council was formally opened in Podgorica on December 16, 2008. The Montenegrin military also established a partnership with the Maine Army National Guard, and efforts are underway to broaden this relationship to include cooperation in the civilian sector.

In Washington, President Vujanovic met with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in May 2008, and Prime Minister Djukanovic met with Vice President Joseph Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in January 2010. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg traveled to Podgorica in May 2009, and two congressional delegations visited Montenegro in 2010.

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