Montenegro: Đukanović, Abazović and Radulović discuss recall of ambassadors

Montenegro: Đukanović, Abazović and Radulović discuss recall of ambassadors

On Tuesday evening, Montenegro President, Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Milo Đukanović, Đorđe Radulović and Dritan Abazović respectively, reached an agreement to overcome the problem of recalling a number of ambassadors, which was primarily related to public explanations of the Government’s proposal.

In the joint press statement issued after the meeting, it was stressed that participants “discussed the matter of conducting foreign policy, given the competencies of the President of Montenegro and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

According to the statement, it was noted that continuous and open communication is a prerequisite for successful cohabitation that aims to preserve the functionality of the system of the state of Montenegro, its reputation and prestigious position in international relations, as well as the good results Montenegro has achieved in the field of foreign policy and on its European and Euro-Atlantic foreign policy path. Priority on that path is given in defending the dignity of policies, institutions and citizens of Montenegro.

“The meeting recognized the clearly defined competences of the President and of the Government in the process of selection of diplomatic representatives of Montenegro, as well as the entitlement of the Government to have diplomatic representatives as an authentic expression of its foreign policy. In this context, an agreement was reached to overcome the problem of recalling a number of ambassadors, which was primarily related to public explanations of the Government’s proposal. It was agreed that in the future, the earlier positive practice of foreign policy consultations would be continued at the level of the President, Speaker of the Parliament, Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. That will ensure effective dialogue and selection of human resources, ensuring thus a continuation of the stable foreign policy course of Montenegro,” the press statement emphasized.

The cause for this meeting was the refusal by Đukanović to sign the document on the recall of several Montenegro ambassadors, at the strict demand of the newly established government. The government has previously made proposals for the recall of Darko Pajović, Ambassador of Montenegro to China; Miodrag Vlahović, Ambassador of Montenegro to the Holy See and the Sovereign Order of Malta; Obrad-Mišo Stanišić, Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina; Sanja Vlahović, Ambassador to Italy, the Republic of San Marino and the Republic of Malta; Vera Kuliš, Ambassador to Germany; Tarzan Milošević, Ambassador to Serbia, and Dušanka Jeknić, Ambassador of Montenegro to the United Arab Emirates. /ibna