Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Vesna Pusic has said that according to Croatia's assessment, Montenegro has met the necessary requirements to be invited to join NATO.
Pusic, who on Friday attended an event called "To Be Secure Forum" in the Montenegrin coastal city of Budva, told reporters that at the forum it was topical "if the 'open door policy' has practically closed the door, and how likely is an invitation for Montenegro, which Croatia assesses is ready for receiving an invitation at NATO's summit in September in Great Britain."
Pusic added that she and Croatian Defence Minister Ante Kotromanovic, together with their Slovenian counterparts, sent a letter to the alliance's member-states and the NATO secretariat-general, informing them that Croatia and Slovenia, two NATO members, share the opinion that Montenegro is eligible for the invitation to join the alliance.
She noted that in a period that may last two years between issuance of the invitation and admission to the alliance, Montenegro would have enough time to finalise some tasks it should carry out.
"Croatia is definitely interested in criteria fulfillment as it concerns our security, and Croatia is also interested in the aspirant being given the invitation and joining the club when it meets the necessary requirements," Pusic said, underscoring that Montenegro's NATO membership is highly important for the safety of the entire region.