PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro’s prime minister on Friday met with the top Serbian Orthodox Church bishop in the country in a bid to defuse tensions over a contentious law on religious rights.
The Serbian Church in Montenegro opposes the law, saying it enables the state to take over its property, including monasteries, churches and other assets. The government has denied it plans to do so.
Thousands of people have attended church-led protests, which have been held throughout Montenegro since the law was adopted late last year.
Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and Bishop Amfilohije, who heads the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, held talks at a state villa in the capital, Podgorica.
The delegations at the meeting also included other state and church officials.