At a meeting in Sarajevo, President Pahor paid special attention to the increase in the number of migrants, this time through Bosnia and Herzegovina towards Slovenia and Western Europe
Sarajevo, 26. 4. 2018 | press release
Today, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, concluded his working visit to Sarajevo by holding longer talks with the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegović, and Members Mladen Ivanić and Dragan Čović.
The President of the Republic of Slovenia and the Members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina exchanged views on the current situation in the region, focusing on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Members of the Presidency informed the Slovenian President of the course of essential reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina within the context of efforts to make progress with Euro-Atlantic integration, and they outlined the current political conditions in the country ahead of the autumn parliamentary elections. President Pahor emphasised that, ahead of the elections, calm and tolerant national political dialogue is that much more important, and that the role and responsibility of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina in this regard is of major importance. The Slovenian President stated that politicians in Bosnia and Herzegovina must be aware that stability, peace, social security, and economic development were of extraordinary importance for all citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite their differences. The President of the Republic of Slovenia stated that he was grateful for the invitation to visit this year, and for the opportunity to be able to maintain and strengthen regular dialogue between the countries. On this occasion, views were also exchanged ahead of tomorrow’s summit of the leaders of the Brdo Brijuni Process.
The Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegović, thanked the President of Slovenia for his support thus far, and asked for continued supported for its European efforts in the future. In particular, the Members of the Presidency highlighted the significance of the Brdo Brijuni process, which will convene just before the EU-Western Balkans summit, which will be held in three weeks in Sofia.
The partners in dialogue also discussed the growing number of migrant in this region and the necessary response if this number continued to increase in the future.
The Members of the Presidency and the Slovenian President assessed that bilateral relations are very good and also discussed economic cooperation. The economic relations between the countries are very good, and cooperation has improved in all segments (investments, trade in goods). In 2017, trade in goods reached the record value of EUR 1.25 billion, which is 12.4% more than in 2016.
The Republic of Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have a tradition of good relations. Slovenia actively supports Bosnia and Herzegovina concerning its efforts at Euro-Atlantic integration, both at the political level as well as in specific ways: Slovenian experts offer assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the form of knowledge and experience transfer in various areas. Slovenia is an active supporter of the Euro-Atlantic enlargement process; maintaining the constant dynamics of this process is in our strategic interest and is an important element of Slovenian foreign policies.