Igor Lukšić

US Set to Back NATO Invitation to Montenegro

US Vice-President Joseph Biden told Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic by phone on Monday that Washington supports NATO membership for Montenegro, "provided that Montenegro continues pursuing reforms and boosts popular support" for joining.

The 28-member alliance is due to make a decision on Montenegro's membership in December.

Montenegrin Media's Plight Concerns Austrian FM

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurtz on Friday said recent attacks on journalists in the country were "very regrettable and should not happened".

Speaking after a meeting with Montenegrin Foreign Minister Igor Luksic in Podgorica, he said he had came to Montenegro primarily to meet civil society groups and the media and hear what they have to say.

Djukanovic Sole Candidate for Ruling Party's Top Post

Montenegro's ruling party congress, scheduled for next week, is expected to reaffirm Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic's position as leader and tighten party discipline.

Djukanovic, a former communist, has led Montenegro for almost 25 years. He is seeking his seventh mandate as leader of a party that has been in power without interruption since the beginning of the nineties.

German FM Hails Montenegro as Balkan Success

Germany's Foreign Minister pledged Berlin's strong support for Montenegro's strategic foreign policy goals of EU and NATO membership, hailing the country as "a success story in the region.

"I would like to see more examples like Montenegro," Steinmeier said on Wednesday after a meeting in Berlin with the Montenegrin Prime Minister, Milo Djukanovic.

NATO Chief Praises Montenegro Reform Progress

NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that Montenegro has made "real progress towards membership".

Speaking after talks in Brussels with Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, Stoltenberg said Podgorica had "introduced substantial reforms" to improve the the rule of law in the country as well as the defence and intelligence sectors.