Iceland's Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde was currently on an official visit to the Republic of Montenegro and has met with the republic's most senior officials, said reports reaching here from Reykjavik on Wednesday.
Iceland was first to acknowledge Montenegro's independence on June 8, 2006, and established diplomatic relations with the nation on Sept. 26, 2006.
During his visit, Haarde met Montenegro's President Filip Vujanovic, Prime Minister Zeljko Sturanovic, Foreign Minister Milan Rocen and Speaker of Parliament Ranko Krivokapic, newspaper Morgumbladid reported.
"I have been very well-received," Haarde said, adding it is clear that Montenegro would like to strengthen its relations with Iceland and learn from it. "I think we should be very open to that. We can achieve many things here if we are willing to assist."
"Montenegrins are coming out of a difficult situation where they have said good-bye to their unison with Serbia and before that with Yugoslavia and are trying to find their footing as an independent nation in the communities of nations (on the Balkan Peninsula)," Haarde said.
"They have many projects ahead and a long way to go before they are fully developed," Haarde said, adding Iceland could contribute with its knowledge in the field of fisheries and harnessing energy.
"There are many opportunities here, both in regards to regular trade but also in regards to investments and, last but not least, in the field of tourism," Haarde stated.