Defence Minister Tonin visits Montenegro

Podgorica – Defence Minister Matej Tonin was on a working visit to Montenegro on Friday to meet his counterpart Olivera Injac in Podgorica and attend the To Be Secure international security forum in Budva, the Defence Ministry said in a press release.

The ministers were happy the activities they had agreed at their recent meetings were being implemented at military level and in other fields within the powers of the defence ministries.

Montenegrin soldiers will thus continue to train at the AGOS regional school for joint terminal attack controllers, while activities for Montenegro to join NATO’s Centre of Excellence for Mountain Warfare are also continuing.

Activities for Slovenia and Montenegro to jointly appear in NATO’s and other multi-national initiatives will also continue, including in the Enhanced Forward Presence mission in Latvia. Slovenia’s decontamination unit for nuclear, radiological, chemical and biological defence taking part in the NATO Response Force will meanwhile feature a unit of Montenegrin soldiers.

The security situation in the Western Balkans and the region’s progress towards Euro-Atlantic organisations were also on the agenda.

Tonin outlined the Slovenian EU presidency’s activities to get the countries in the region closer to the EU, foremost the efforts regarding the common security and defence policy.

Tonin and Injac also discussed cooperation among military museums in Slovenia and Montenegro.

Tonin then took part in the To Be Secure forum, stressing the complexity of today’s security environment and the emergence of new security challenges and players, pointing to the need to reflect on a new strategic concept.

He also said that as the EU presiding country, Slovenia advocated strengthening the NATO-EU strategic partnership, in which context he stressed a further commitment to the Western Balkans and its Euro-Atlantic future.