Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Montenegro this year as announced by Turkey Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu after a meeting with Montenegrin counterpart Srdjan Darmanovic in Podgorica.
Cavusoglu is clear – Montenegro is a very stable country in the region and it is an ally of Turkey.
At the meeting the two ministers pointed out that the political relations between the two countries were excellent and that economic relations were improving on a daily basis.
“We have excellent political relations and economic relations are improving on a daily basis. Montenegro will become a full member of NATO soon. Turkey has expressed sincere support to Montenegro in the process. We will continue to support Montenegro after it joins the alliance as well,” Cavusoglu said, Anadolu Agency reports.
He announced that president Erdogan will visit Montenegro this year.
“We have to launch all the mechanisms to further improve our cooperation. Our companies have shown interest in the industry in Montenegro. Trade between Turkey and Montenegro is around €75m. I think this is not enough – therefore we need to increase exports, but also our production. On the other hand, there is a cultural cooperation. There is the Yunus Emre cultural centre, which successfully operates. In the same way, there are about 300 students from Montenegro in Turkey. As for TIKA, we are aware of the support it provides in Montenegro. It has allocated the most of its funds for Montenegro – about €6m,” the Turkish minister said.
He added that the stability in the Balkans was important not only for the region, but also for entire Europe and Turkey.
“Everyone must support the stability of the region. Montenegro faced challenges last year. There was a coup attempt. Turkey, which experienced a similar issue, is a country that understands the situation. Therefore, Montenegro’s membership in NATO is important. Everything that happens in the Western Balkans affects Europe,” he said.
Source: Radio Television Montenegro