The Montenegrin interior minister, Sergej Sekulovic, described the bilateral relationship between Serbia and Montenegro as a brotherly bond, complicated, dynamic and controversial, much stronger between citizens than between senior politicians.
Minister Sekulovic said in an interview with the BETA agency that the dynamics of the relationship would command mutual respect and full cooperation on a healthy basis.
"Montenegro and Serbia constitute the backbone of the Balkans, with their intertwined relations and close ties creating a binding duty for us," the minister said.
When asked why Serbian and Montenegrin senior officials had not met in four months after the inauguration of Montenegro's new government, the minister said the failure wasn't sending a good message, and that such meetings should take place as soon as possible. "They are in the best interest of Serbia and Montenegro, and I'm sure Montenegro wants them to take place, having repeatedly indicated the desire," Sekulovic said.