On behalf of the United States of America, I extend my warmest wishes to the people of Montenegro as you celebrate your Statehood Day on July 13, 2019.
The United States and Montenegro have long been friends, partners, and Allies. Montenegro’s contributions to NATO have bolstered regional and global security. I commend the Montenegrin soldiers serving side by side with us in Afghanistan and Europe and welcome your country’s commitment to send troops to Iraq by year’s end.
We strongly support Montenegro’s reform efforts necessary for EU membership. The United States will continue to work with you to strengthen media freedom, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. Our shared values and commitment to peace and security ensure the bond between our countries will continue to deepen.