VIDEO and PHOTO: Iceland is honored to have been the first to recognize Montenegro’s independence

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We are honored that Iceland was the first country to recognize Montenegro as independent ten years, ago, said Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson during his meeting with Milo Đukanović.

Two Prime Ministers discussed political and economic matters of two countries, EU integration and potential development of bilateral cooperation between Montenegro and Iceland.


Đukanović thanked Iceland for its support to Montenegro ten years ago, and for its support during NATO ratification process. Iceland ratified Montenegro’s Accession Protocol among first.

Đukanović said that Montenegro did not waste time since regaining independence, but worked hard to joing EU and NATO.

He spoke of reason for choosing this road.

“Our road to EU is a road that starts with instability and primitivism and it is a learning road. We objectively see all the advantages and disadvantages of EU. We are learning to do everything that is expected of us”, Đukanović said.

Prime Minister spoke of a need to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between two small countries that face similar issues. Both Iceland and Montenegro want to develop tourism.

“Iceland’s experiences in development of agriculture and aluminium and energy industries is important for us“, Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson said that he is very satisfied that Đukanović visited Iceland.

“We are honored to have been the first country to recognize Montenegro’s independence ten years ago, and that we will sit together at NATO Summit in Warsaw“, Jóhannsson.

Jóhannsson expressed readiness to strengthen bilateral cooperation, in the areas of Iceland’s know-how, such as agriculture, tourism and reusable energy resources.

“I agree that small countries should show flexibility in facing new challenges. Montenegro’s success during last ten years confirms this“, Prime Minister of Iceland said.

Đukanović invited him to visit Montenegro whenever he can, and congratulated Iceland’s success in football.

Đukanović also visited Iceland’s Parliament and spoke with members of the Committee for foreign affairs of Iceland, thanking them for support to Montenegro. Together they said that June 8th of 2006 and 2016 will be permanently remembered in the history of two countries relations.

Đukanović held a lecture at University of Iceland, with a subject “Montenegro’s membership in NATO and stability in Western Balkan”.

Source: Cafe Del Montenegro