Montenegro’s Prime Minister Dritan Abazovíc visited the Philippines and praised the strong ties between the two nations. This trip marks a historic moment as he’s the first Montenegrin leader to visit the country.
During their meeting at Malacañang, the Prime Minister thanked Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for the warm welcome, even though it was an unofficial visit. He stressed that this visit starts a new era of closer ties between both countries, especially in tourism.
He spotlighted Montenegro’s unique tourist attractions and wished to make it easier for Filipino visitors. The discussion also covered job opportunities for Filipinos in Montenegro’s growing tourism and energy industries.
“… We’re talking about flights between Manila and Podgorica [Montenegro’s capital]. I hope for the Philippines to also open a consulate in our country because you have consulates in countries around us, which are bigger. But having that kind of diplomatic place where we can share not just services for the people but also share contacts in the business community, I think that can be very productive. In that sense, I see the role of the Philippines will have more impact in Europe. That’s what we want to do in the beginning,” shared the Prime Minister.
Montenegro, with its breathtaking landscapes and UNESCO World Heritage sites like Boka Bay, attracts tourists looking for genuine experiences and scenic beauty. Its constitutional commitment to environmental preservation makes it an ecological treasure. Abazovíc invited Filipinos to experience Montenegro’s untouched beauty, where one can drink directly from its clear rivers.
Energy collaboration became a key topic, as Montenegro possesses rich energy resources. With their wind and solar power advancements, they open doors for sharing technology and expertise with the Philippines.
As the Philippines and Montenegro begin to strengthen their ties, the landmark meeting between their leaders sets a hopeful tone for a thriving alliance.
“Montenegro is a country “that always promotes peace, stability and friendship. And I think the Philippines will play an important role in the next decade. This meeting with President Marcos is a good beginning of world relations, of what we want to develop in the near future,” said Abazovíc.