Azerbaijan-Montenegro ties on rise

By: Sara Rajabova

Azerbaijan and Montenegro have praised development of the bilateral ties that is currently rising.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by Montenegro’s Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic on October 27.

Expressing satisfaction with the development of the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Montenegro, President Aliyev hailed good friendly relations between the two countries.

He said the visit of the delegation led by Dukanovic created good opportunities for discussing issues related to the development of the bilateral cooperation.

Stressing the importance of frequent high-level visits in terms of the expansion of the bilateral ties, the president expressed his confidence that these relations would continue developing in all areas, including in political and economic ones.

President Aliyev further noted that the development of cooperation in the fields of investment making, energy security, business and other areas is also of great importance.

Dukanovic described the importance attached by President Aliyev to relations with Montenegro as a manifestation of his friendly attitude to his country.

Expressing his satisfaction with the level of the bilateral relations between the two countries, the Montenegrin premier hailed the importance of successful development of the cooperation in recent years.

The sides exchanged views over the development of relations in the fields of energy, cooperation within South Gas Corridor project, transport, infrastructure, tourism and other spheres.

Azerbaijan has recognized Montenegro’s independence on 24 July, 2006. Protocol about establishment of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Montenegro was signed in 2008.

Cooperation between Azerbaijan and Montenegro started to develop faster recently.

Earlier in April 2014, Baku hosted a business meeting of Azerbaijan and Montenegro, which brought together businessmen from industry, agriculture, food industry, tourism and construction sectors to discuss the prospects of bilateral cooperation between the countries.

Azerbaijan’s state energy company SOCAR is going to build a modern resort and hotel complex in place of an abandoned navy base in the Bay of Kotor. For this purpose, Azerbaijan started the $500 million investment project in Montenegro in 2013, which is scheduled to be finished by 2016.