13 September 2019 - Minister of Foreign Affairs Srđan Darmanović paid his first official visit to the Republic of Turkey recently, at the invitation of Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
Both sides assessed that the two countries cherish friendly and comprehensive relations, which are further strengthened by the alliance in NATO, and strongly connected through economic cooperation and numerous potentials for their further improvement.
The meeting emphasised the importance of further intensification of the political dialogue between the two countries, as well as intensive economic cooperation and continuous increase in trade in goods and an increase in the number of foreign direct investments.
The officials agreed that the two countries are cooperating well within NATO with a view to a more stable and secure environment.
Minister Darmanović said that the opening of the Consulate General of Montenegro in Istanbul, as well as the Turkish Consulate in Bijelo Polje, will contribute to the improvement of bilateral relations. He also stressed the continued contribution of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), adding that the country sees the scholarship of Montenegrin students as a valuable support in upgrading knowledge and development.
Minister Çavuşoğlu said the visit was a continuation of intense dialogue, which resulted in a high degree of mutual understanding and cooperation. He reiterated Turkey's commitment to strengthening relations between the two countries, agreeing that economic cooperation and trade were recognised as priority areas.
Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu said that Turkey and Montenegro are intensively cooperating in the field of defence, culture and transport, and stressed the importance of its further improvement, both in the mentioned fields and in the field of health and education, reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro.
Minister Darmanović also met with Speaker of the Grand National Assembly Mustafa Şentop and Vice President of Turkey Fuat Oktay. The interlocutors pointed to the importance of the multi-ethnic harmony by which Montenegro was recognised and discussed relations in the Western Balkans region, economic and parliamentary cooperation.
During his official visit to Turkey, the Minister laid a wreath on the eternal house of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and visited the mausoleum dedicated to the founder of the Republic of Turkey.
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