Montenegrin Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić continues his official visit to BiH in Banja Luka, where he arrived last night to meet with top Republika Srpska officials.
During his meeting with RS President Zeljka Cvijanovic, the interlocutors agreed that it is necessary to remove obstacles to better co-operation.
Krivokapić noted that Montenegro’s goal is to intensify transport infrastructure projects with countries in the region, and in this context added the importance of building a road between Foča and Šćepan Polje, which will be partially funded by the European Union. . He announced the transformation of four border crossings with BiH into integrated border crossings. “Our goal is to remove barriers and contribute to better relations in the region,” the prime minister noted.
President Cvijanović briefed Prime Minister Krivokapić on the political situation and the achievements of local authorities, and stressed the importance of removing the toll on the Meljine-Petijevi road between Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The two officials exchanged views on the current epidemiological situation. In that context, the importance of the regional approach and cooperation was emphasized once again, especially in the part of opening the borders, which will significantly contribute to the economic recovery and the success of the next tourist season. Prime Minister Krivokapić and President Cvijanović stressed that they were keeping the pandemic under control. Prime Minister Krivokapić said that Montenegro was ready for the tourist season and invited the citizens of Republika Srpska to spend their summer holidays in Montenegro.
In a meeting with RS Prime Minister Radovan Višković, Krivokapić expressed satisfaction with the visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina and noted that the two-day visit to that country was extremely successful. He said that the fact that the first official bilateral visit to the region shows the importance that Montenegro attaches to co-operation with its neighbors, in order to achieve the set foreign policy priorities, among which relations with neighbors and regional co-operation occupy a prominent place. important.
Prime Minister Višković thanked the Prime Minister of Montenegro for the visit. He said foreign trade could be significantly improved, stressing that economic ties are a precondition for better co-operation.
“Until now, the cooperation was more at the local level, and now we have cooperation between the two governments that we have not had before. “Our fraternal ties are centuries old and this forces us, even more, to continue to appreciate what our ancestors did,” Višković said.
Prime Minister Višković thanked the Government of Montenegro for abolishing the Meljine-Petijevići tax.
“Borders should not be an obstacle to tourism and mutual co-operation,” Viškovi tha said.
The officials exchanged views on infrastructure projects to be implemented in the coming period in order to create conditions for more dynamic economic cooperation, where, as they assessed, there is considerable room for improvement. The meeting concluded that Montenegro and Republika Srpska are determined to create all the preconditions in the coming period for trade co-operation in the region to gain new momentum and create conditions for better regional ties in areas of common interest.