Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić met with the President of the Jewish Community in Montenegro, Ms. Nina Ofner Bokan.
On the occasion PM Krivokapić expressed a high respect for the culture and spirituality of the Jewish people and its contribution to world civilisation, but also for Montenegro and its people. The first traces of Jewish heritage in this region date back to the ancient times, he noted.
The Prime Minister pointed out the fact that Montenegro is one of the few countries whose rulers and people have never shown intolerance or discrimination, and general negative attitude towards the Jewish people, which experienced much more prosperous environments. Also, PM Krivokapić expressed readiness to renew the Joint Commission as soon as possible, so that all points of the Treaty with the Jewish community would be fully implemented therefrom.
President of the Jewish Community in Montenegro Nina Ofner Bokan thanked the Prime Minister for the excellent cooperation as well as she expressed satisfaction that the status of Jews in Montenegro has never been questioned by the Montenegrin people, even before the Community was institutionally defined.
The respect of the Agreement signed between the Montenegrin Governrnent and the Jewish Community of Montenegro is of extreme importance for our Community. In order to continue its full implementation, it is necessary to refresh the Joint Commission, so I hope that the procedure will be completed shortly. The primary goal is the construction of a synagogue, which, as the Chief Rabbi of Montenegro Luciano Moše Prelević says, will be a house of prayer and learning, but also a spiritual and architectural decoration of Podgorica and Montenegro, said Ofner Bokan.