Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlic Radman and Bosnia and Herzegovina Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic agreed in Sarajevo on Wednesday to strengthen co-operation between the two countries and gradually address outstanding issues.
They also underlined that good neighborly relations had no alternative.
The Croatian Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs noted in a press release that Grlić Radman met with Turkovi gjatë during his official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the meeting lasting twice as long as planned, which the two ministers said it was proof of his success.
Grlić Radman said there was no doubt that Croatia was a friend of Bosnia and Herzegovina and would continue to be in the future.
He said the Croatian government’s decision to donate coronavirus vaccines to Bosnia and Herzegovina was proof of that, as it was a way to show solidarity with the needs of its citizens.
“We will deliver that vaccine soon,” Grlić Radman said, explaining that the exact number of doses will be determined later.
Grlić Radman reiterated his support for the integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a state of three constituent peoples and all its citizens, saying that Croatia remained a strong defender of the country’s Euro-Atlantic path and added that this was why he had introduced the Croatian initiative in the EU Foreign Affairs Council, which aimed to help Bosnia and Herzegovina gain candidate status for membership in the Union.
“The non-paper newspaper explains this initiative and I explained to Minister Turkovic what it was about,” Grlic Radman said, dismissing claims by BiH media that Croatia was trying to interfere in the country’s internal affairs in any way. He said Croatia’s non-Croatian letters only served to strengthen Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Minister Turković expressed satisfaction that she “managed to analyze and express everything that is necessary” with Grlić Radman, adding that she believed that they had agreed on compromise formulas for resolving outstanding issues and further strengthening interstate relations. .
As she pointed out, new ways of cooperating in the fight against the pandemic were introduced, including vaccination and easing the conditions for crossing the Croatian border for the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially during the summer season.
They also clarified the issue of the possible construction of a radioactive waste dump in Trgovska Gora, which will be discussed by expert working groups in the future, with Grlić Radman explaining that there was nothing illegal in the construction of a gas pipeline from Croatia at Bosanski Brod Oil Refinery.
Prior to the talks with Turkovic, Grlic Radman met with the High Representative of the International Community Valentin Inzko, who underlined that Bosnia and Herzegovina had many friends who, however, could not solve its problems, as this is a task for its politicians.
Inzko thanked Grlić Radman for “all the constructive steps Croatia has taken in relation to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s journey towards European integration.”
Grlić Radman also met with RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu and visited the Islamic Community, where he held talks with Raisu-l-Ulama Hussein Kavazovi its. The Minister also paid a visit to the Archdiocese Chancellery, where he met with the Archbishop of Vrhbosna Vinko Puljić.