Croatian PM Plenković on an official visit to BiH on Monday, December 13

Croatian PM Plenković on an official visit to BiH on Monday, December 13

ZAGREB, December 12 (FENA) – The Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenković will pay an official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Sarajevo and Mostar, on 13 December 2021.

As announced by the Government of the Republic of Croatia, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković – who paid his first official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina on 28 and 29 October 2016 – this time responds to the invitation of the BiH Council of Ministers Chairman Zoran Tegeltija with whom he will also hold a press conference.

He will also meet with representatives of both houses of the BiH Parliamentary Assembly – Speaker of the House of Peoples Dragan Čović, deputies Nikola Špirić and Bakir Izetbegović and Speaker of the House of Representatives Denis Zvizdić, and deputies Nebojša Radmanović and Borjana Krišto.

Among the key political topics will be the current political situation, the issue of reform of the BiH Election Law and the strengthening of bilateral relations and cross-border cooperation.

Among the important topics for Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina will be the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, cooperation in the implementation of joint projects, especially in transport and energy infrastructure, strengthening economic relations, cooperation in migration management and protection of borders from illegal crossings and on Croatia’s further support for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s European path.

Plenković will lay a wreath at the ‘Bridge of Suada and Olga’ in honor of the first victims of the siege of Sarajevo, Suada Dilberović and Olga Sučić, who had been killed at the sie on April 5, 1992.

The Prime Minister will also meet with the Grand Mufti of the Islamic Community in BiH, Raisu-l-ulama Husein ef. Kavazović, together with the Metropolitan of Dabar-Bosna Hrizostom and the Archbishop of Vrhbosna, Cardinal Vinko Puljić, it is stated in the announcement.

Before leaving for Mostar, the Prime Minister will also visit the Croat Cultural Society ‘Napredak’ in Sarajevo, where he will meet with its President Nikola Čiča and its members.

In Mostar, the Prime Minister will meet with representatives of the Croat People’s Assembly, the umbrella political organization of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which brings together parties with Croat ethnic background to discuss the position of Croats in BiH, reform of the BiH Election Law and other issues important for the Croat people in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Plenković will be accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Zdravko Marić, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Tomislav Ćorić, Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković, State Secretary for European Affairs Andreja Metelko-Zgombić, Member of the Croatian Parliament and Committee on Croats outside the Republic of Croatia Zdravka Bušić.