The flag of Montenegro was raised at NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (7 June 2017) in a special ceremony to mark the country’s accession to NATO.
Flag raising ceremonies were also held simultaneously at Allied Command Operations (SHAPE) in Mons and Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia.
Montenegro became the 29th member of the Alliance on Monday (5 June 2017) when it deposited its instrument of accession to the North Atlantic Treaty with the US State Department in Washington DC.
Standing alongside President Filip Vujanović of Montenegro, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, “We value Montenegro, and recognise the unique contribution you make to the Alliance.”
The Secretary General also commended Montenegro’s commitment to Euro-Atlantic integration and congratulated the Montenegrin government and people for their achievements in the 11 years since the country regained independence.
Allied Foreign Ministers signed Montenegro's Accession Protocol in May 2016, after which all 28 national parliaments voted to ratify its membership.
Montenegro’s accession represents NATO's first enlargement since 1 April 2009, when Albania and Croatia joined the Alliance.
Montenegro's Accession Ceremony at the Joint Warfare Centre, 7 June 2017
Major General Andrzej Reudowicz, Commander JWC, welcomed Montenegro as NATO’s newest member and highlighted the Alliance's steady growth since 1949. Photograph by JWC PAO
From today, 29 flags will fly at Joint Warfare Centre, symbolizing our unity and our solidarity. Photograph by JWC PAO
The Flag-raising ceremony was attended by the Senior National Representatives at the Joint Warfare Centre. Photograph by JWC PAO
NATO Flags at Joint Warfare Centre, Norway. Photo by JWC PAO
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