May 24, 2019

Montenegro opens consulate in Lyon

Ambassador of Montenegro to France, Dragica Ponorac and Honorary Consul Bertrand Thibert – Consulat honoraire du Monténégro à Lyon.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, French Republic: At Lyon’s City Hall Red Salon, Montenegrin State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Zoran Janković, flanked by the head of mission of Montenegro to France, HE Ambassador Dragica Ponorac hosted a reception to mark the opening of the Balkan country’s honorary consulate in Lyon.

The exequatur approving the appointment as honorary consul was handed over to Bertrand Thibert (39 years old) who shall cover the entire region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes from Lyon. 

The Republic of Montenegro is the smallest country in the Balkans with an area of 13,800 square km and a population of merely 630,000. It regained its independence in 2006 after having losing its sovereignty in the aftermath of the Great War. 

The evening enjoyed a royal flavour owing to the participation of HRH Prince Nikola II of Montenegro, the head of the country’s erstwhile royal house as well as his heir, HRH Prince Boris, Grand Duke of Grahavo and Zeta, who is professionally based in Lyon. 

Honorary Consul Bertrand Thibert, Prince Boris and Prince Nikola II of Montenegro – Image by Consulat honoraire du Monténégro à Lyon.

Lyon’s corps consulaire has a representation of more than seventy countries covering the region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, and sometimes regions as far as Bourgogne and further beyond. 

For further information :
Royal House of Montenegro: http://fondacija-njegos.org/en/
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Montenegro: http://www.mvp.gov.me/en/ministry 

Honorary Consulate of Montenegro in Lyon, France: https://www.facebook.com/consulat.montenegro.lyon/
Embassy of Montenegro to France, Monaco, UNESCO, and Andorra: https://en.gouv.mc/Policy-Practice/Monaco-Worldwide/Diplomacy-and-International-Presence/bilateral-relations/All-the-countries/Montenegro

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