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Montenegro can continue to count on NATO's backing, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Foreign Minister Nebojsa Kaludjerovic in New York.
Meeting on the sidelines of the 67th United Nations General Assembly in New York, Montenegrin Foreign Minister Kaludjerovic informed Rasmussen of Montenegro's progress as part of the Membership Action Plan, MAP.
The program is considered a gateway activity leading towards eventual full membership of the Atlantic alliance.
Rasmussen reportedly commended the Adriatic country for the results that it had achieved in its Euro-Atlantic integration.
In New York, Kaludjerovic also met his German counterpart, Guido Westerwelle, who also assured him of Germany's "full support for Montenegro's strategic priorities", that is, its bids to join the EU and NATO.
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