Djukanovic says photo with Dahlan was taken at Vucic’s house

President of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic during a press conference in Cetinje, Montenegro. Photo: EPA-EFE/BORIS PEJOVIC

Milo Djukanovic, President of Montenegro, told N1 television that a famous photo taken of him with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Mohammed Dahlan, adviser to the controversial Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, was taken at Vucic’s house.

Turkey accuses Dahlan of involvement in a failed coup in 2016 and has offered a 1.1 million euro reward for his arrest.

“In the house of President Vucic,” Djukanovic answered a question about the origin of the photo from an N1 journalist, adding that at the time Dahlan was in Belgrade.

“At some point…when President Vucic and I had finished our topics, he joined us and we had a drink,” Djukanovic recalled, adding that he couldn’t remember exactly what year it was.

“We were talking then about investments in Belgrade. This part of the conversation was conducted by Dahlan, and people in his company, with President Vucic. I stayed there for a short time, we talked a bit about some common national topics and returned to Montenegro,” the president said.

Aleksandar Vučić, Mohammed Dahlan and Milo Đukanović in Vucic’s house. | Photo: inlightpress

Dahlan was for years seen as someone who worked with both Djukanovic and Vucic.

The former Palestinian National Authority security chief was once seen by many as the likely heir to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, but lost out to current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Expelled from Arafat’s Fatah party in 2011, Dahlan was charged with corruption and defamation. He was sentenced to two years in prison in March 2014, but had already left for the United Arab Emirates by then.

Dahlan is now an adviser to the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, the Arab emirate which has invested large sums in Montenegro and Serbia.

In 2010 he and his wife were granted Montenegrin citizenship, and official documents showed it was done at the request of Djukanovic, who described Dahlan as a “friend”.

The Serbian government also quietly granted him citizenship, BIRN revealed. In recent years, the UAE and its state corporations have invested significantly in Serbian agriculture and real estate, including the controversial luxury residential and commercial development of Belgrade’s waterfront.

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