JERUSALEM—Israeli President Reuven Rivlin thanked his counterpart from Montenegro Milo Dukanovic for his support for the Jewish community in his country and for his leadership in opposing anti-Semitism across Europe.
Dukanovic is on a visit to Israel which is focusing on innovation and development.
‘’The cooperation between us is flourishing and I would be happy to widen and deepen it in additional fields,’’ said Presoient Dukanovic as he was welcomed by his host at the Jerusalem presidential residence.
He added : “ We work closely in a range of areas, and I hope the MOU that was signed last year will help develop closer ties between our security sectors. Good relations are not just about G2G (government-to-government), they are also about B2B (business-to-business) and P2P (people-to-people).”
President Đukanović invited Rivlin to visit Montenegro.
At the the end of the meeting, the Montenegro leasder was shown a special Israeli invention – a wheelchair developed at Alyn Hospital to aid children with limited physical mobility and to develop their range of free movement. As part of the visit, dozens of these light wheelchairs have been presented to Montenegro as a gift from Israel, in order to improve the quality of life of children with disabilities.
Earlier, president Dukanovic visited Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. He toured the Holocaust History Museum, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children’s Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.
Montenegro is one of the few countries in Europe where after the war, there were more Jews than before.
President Dukanovic stresses that in the small Balkan nation‘’there is no antisemitism’’ contrary to other countries in the region.
Today there are around 300 Jews living in the country, mainly in the capital Podgorica. Every year, thousands of Israeli tourists visit the country.