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The member states of the Brdo-Brijuni Presidential Process, which gathered for a summit in Zagreb on Wednesday, agreed that in order to step up stability and security in Southeast Europe it was necessary to continue the US-EU transatlantic partnership and bring in new energy into the process of EU enlargement as well as into the process of Euro-Atlantic integration so that Europe could be "whole, free and peaceful," read a joint statement issued after the summit.

It was agreed that we need to continue to strengthen the transatlantic partnership between the United States and the EU to achieve stability, security and prosperity in Southeast Europe and we must bring in new energy into the EU enlargement process for candidate countries and into the process of transatlantic integration for countries that wish to join NATO, read the statement signed by the presidents of Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia and Albania who met in the presence of the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and European Council President Donald Tusk.

The EU and the US expressed their strong commitment to promoting and supporting these European and Euro-Atlantic integration processes of the Brdo-Brijuni Presidential Process member states, which will help realise the joint strategic vision of Europe as whole, free and peaceful.

Southeast European presidents have, in light of latest global events, talked about the global security situation and agreed that regular dialogue at the operational level between the United States, the EU and Southeast European countries was necessary to successfully fight global security challenges.

The current dramatic migrant crisis poses an unprecedented challenge from both the humanitarian and the security aspect and requires dialogue and agreement so as to better protect external EU borders and significantly cushion the migration pressure on countries exposed to it, the presidents said.

The SEE presidents used the summit to express their outrage at the brutality of terrorist attacks in Paris, Ankara, Sinai, Beirut and Bamako and called for efficient global measures aimed at solving the causes of radicalism, violent extremism and terrorism.

They called for broad international cooperation to fight those evils and for better coordination and exchange of information between police agencies.

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