Malta supports EU enlargement to Montenegro, Western Balkans

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-19 04:16:52|Editor: yan
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PODGORICA, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Malta supports the European perspective of Montenegro and the rest of the Western Balkans, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told his Montenegrin counterpart Dusko Markovic on Monday during their meeting in Podgorica.

Muscat arrived in Montenegro for an official visit and attended the opening of the country's new Mozura Wind Park, built by Maltese and Chinese companies.

According to the press release of the Montenegrin government, Markovic and Muscat held a meeting where they discussed bilateral relations, strengthening overall cooperation, and the European perspective of Montenegro and the Western Balkans.

"With regard to your European aspirations, Malta has never questioned Montenegro's aspirations. We fully support your country's European Union membership. We are aware of the great progress you have made," said Muscat, adding that the two countries have good political and economic relations.

The two PMs joined in voicing disagreement with the decision of the European Council not to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia.

Muscat labeled the decision as "wrong, historically, strategically and politically," stressing his hopes that the European Council will revise it.

Markovic announced Montenegro's continued commitment to the European agenda, despite this "disappointing decision", and noted that the main focus of reforms will be on the rule of law.

He said his country appreciates Malta's continued support for "our reforms that aim towards adopting and implementing European standards," as well as in selflessly sharing its own experiences from the process.