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“RFERL” declare : Tillerson Urges U.S. Senate To Approve Montenegro’s NATO Bid

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as informed in “It is strongly in the interests of the United States that Montenegro’s membership in NATO be ratified.”
“Montenegro’s participation in the May NATO summit as full member, not as an observer, will send a strong signal of transatlantic unity,” Tillerson wrote.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has written to the leaders of the U.S. Senate urging them to approve Montenegro’s bid to join NATO, saying it is “strongly in the interest of the United States,” media reported.
In a March 7 letter, Tillerson argued that Montenegro’s membership in the military alliance would support greater integration, democratic reform, trade, security, and stability in the Balkans, Reuters reported on March 21.
Montenegro, with a population of 650,000, hopes to win the required approval of all 28 NATO allies in time to become a full member at a NATO summit in May.

according to Senate aides said they expected the Senate would approve of Montenegro’s NATO membership when the vote takes place.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. March 21, 2017.
McConnell announced in the Senate that there would be a procedural vote on Monday evening, which should clear the way for a final ratification vote later in the week.
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstWASHINGTON The U.S. Senate will vote next week on the ratification of Montenegro as the newest member of the NATO alliance, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday, after the Trump administration urged lawmakers to take up the long-delayed matter.
The vote in the U.S. Senate was held up for months when at least two Republican senators, Rand Paul and Mike Lee, blocked a quick vote.

U.S. Senate to vote on Montenegro's NATO membership

Exclusive: Tillerson urges Senate ratification of Montenegro’s NATO membership

Montenegro’s NATO membership has already been approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“It is strongly in the interests of the United States that Montenegro’s membership in NATO be ratified,” he wrote.
In a letter dated March 7 and seen by Reuters on Tuesday, Tillerson argued that Montenegro’s membership in the alliance would support greater integration, democratic reform, trade, security and stability among its neighbors.
NATO members see Montenegro’s accession as a way to counter Russia’s efforts to expand its influence in the Balkans.
“Montenegro’s participation in the May NATO Summit as full member, not as an observer, will send a strong signal of transatlantic unity,” Tillerson added.

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