US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Gabriel Escobar told reporters in Sarajevo that the most important outcome of his meetings with BiH political leaders was that everyone agreed that war was not an option.
“We all agree that there will be no war and I think this is the most important message we have. “It is not a message you will hear only from the leaders I met today, it is a message you will hear from the leaders of the region,” Escobar said after meeting with members of the House of Representatives and the House of Commons of the BiH Parliamentary Assembly. .
Escobar, who is on an official visit to BiH, met this morning in separate meetings with members of the BiH Presidency, and a meeting is scheduled with the presidency of both chambers of the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the presidents of parliamentary clubs in the House of Representatives. Federation of BiH.
According to him, the second thing he came to talk about is the extraordinary economic potential that the Balkans have, emphasizing that the Balkans is the part of Europe with the fastest growth at the moment. He added that Europe needs the region precisely because of this growth, but also that BiH does not share all the parameters of this growth.
“We need to do two things – one is to ensure that BiH shares those growth parameters with the rest of the region, and the other is for Europe to recognize the economic potential that this region has,” Escobar stressed.
“I am fully convinced that Europe will understand, within a reasonable period of time, that you must be part of the European Union. “I have talked to my interlocutors about all these topics, but it is also very important to emphasize that what we need to ensure is that BiH remains united, sovereign, with preserved territorial integrity,” Escobar said.
He added that he was pleased to have a productive meeting with the Serbian member of the Presidency of BiH, Milorad Dodik, “where the possibility is open to withdraw all those decisions related to the transfer of competencies in order to continue working in economic development. . ”
“Because the political crisis is increasing investors’ lack of confidence to invest here,” Escobar concluded.