President Plevneliev Receives Montenegro's Highest State Honour
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
President Rosen Plevneliev received the highest state honour of Montenegro, the Order of Montenegro with Ribbon, his press secretariat said. He made a working visit to that country at the invitation of President Filip Vujanovic on Tuesday.
The order was conferred on Plevneliev in recognition of his consistent efforts and Bulgaria's staunch support for Montenegro's European and Euro-Atlantic orientation.
Plevneliev said Bulgaria sets a high priority on its relations with Montenegro. "We share common European values, we believe that our region should be even better connected, and we are working towards this goal," he said, expressing a hope that Montenegro would soon be welcomed as a full member of the European family.
The Bulgarian President also said: "We have managed to turn the Balkans from a conflict- and war-torn region into a peaceful, united region devoted to partnership. There is no better choice than being partners and helping each another." He recalled that Bulgaria was the first country to recognize Montenegro's independence in 1878.
Plevneliev and Vujanovic participated in a formal event in Cetinje marking the tenth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.