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Hagel Praises Montenegro for Defense Modernization, Reform

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today praised Defense Minister Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic for the significant progress Montenegro has made in modernizing and reforming its defense sector.

In a statement summarizing the meeting at the Pentagon between the two defense leaders, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Hagel also encouraged continued efforts as Montenegro pursues membership in NATO.

“Secretary Hagel also expressed gratitude for Montenegro's contributions to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan,” the admiral said. “The meeting also provided the opportunity to discuss Russia's intervention in Ukraine and impact on Southeast Europe.”


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