ISTANBUL – Turkish Daily News
Relations between the Republic of Montenegro and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, or PABSEC, and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, or BSEC, are on the agenda again due to an initiative of the Marmara Foundation.
Previously Montenegro had been a member but as part of the state of Serbia and Montenegro, and when the latter declared its independence on June 3, 2006, this ended.
Dr. Akkan Suver, the president of the Marmara Foundation which is an observer member of PABSEC, invited BSEC Secretary General Ambassador Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos and Professor Dr. Asaf Hadjiyev who is a member of the Azerbaijani parliament and vice chairman of PABSEC to accompany him to Montenegro. After accepting Suver's proposal, the two men became the first senior officials to visit the Republic of Montenegro.
During the visit PABSEC and BSEC officials paid a courtesy call on Ranko Krivokapic, the speaker of the Montenegro parliament. It was the first time in the history of the organization that the secretary general and PABSEC made a joint visit to a third country.
Suver was recently confirmed as the honorary consul for Montenegro in Istanbul.