Presentation of Credentials of the Ambassador of the Republic of Malta H.E. Karl Izzo to the Republic of Montenegro

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Jul 29, 2019

On 1 July 2019, H.E. Karl Izzo presented his credentials as non-resident Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to the Republic of Montenegro to H.E. Milo Đukanović, President of the Republic of Montenegro, at the Montenegrin President’s residence in the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro, Cetinje. H.E. Izzo was greeted by the Presidential Guard at the Blue Palace residence and his appointment was welcomed by President Đukanović, who noted the good friendship and solidly developed mutual cooperation between Malta and Montenegro on both bilateral and multilateral initiatives.

In the private talks between President Đukanović and H.E. Izzo, the President highlighted Montenegro’s European and Euro-Atlantic policy direction and its efforts to implement serious reforms in order to achieve a European standard of living – a goal for which Malta has served as a key role model. In particular, he expressed great satisfaction with the level of bilateral cooperation achieved in the renewable energy sector, with Enemalta implementing the soon to be inaugurated Mozura Wind Park project. Montenegro is eager to see this cooperation continue developing and is interested in further opportunities within the health, agriculture and tourism industries where both countries can share their vast experiences.

Ambassador Izzo expressed his eagerness to represent Malta in Montenegro and brought greetings on behalf of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who will be paying an official visit to Montenegro in the coming months to inaugurate the Mozura Wind Park project. He reiterated Malta’s support to Montenegro’s European path and development process, and expressed his confidence in the continued improvement of cooperation between both countries which he will ensure through constant presence in the country.

President Đukanović looks forward to the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and recalled his own State Visit to Malta in 2016. He stressed his wish to continue this close communication to learn from Malta’s achievements and enable Montenegro to fully develop its own potential.

Ambassador Izzo also held meetings with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, the Ministry of Sports and Youth, the EU Delegation to Montenegro, the Ambassador of Serbia and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps H.E. Zoran Bingulac, and the Director-General of Bilateral Relations of the Montenegrin Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ivan Leković to whom Ambassador Izzo presented his copie d’usage. The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Tiziano Mousu, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malta to the Republic of Montenegro, and Ms. Melanie Bonnici Bennett, Second Secretary.

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