Božo Petrov is in a two-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Speaker of Croatian Parliament Božo Petrov arrived on Tuesday in a two-day official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). He was welcomed by members of the College of House of Representatives and House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, reports N1 on February 7, 2017.
Petrov also met with Chairman of the Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdić and members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mladen Ivanić, Dragan Čović and Bakir Izetbegović.
Petrov gave a statement after the meetings. “What is important to point out is that this is a priority for Croatia in its foreign policy activities. Bosnia and Herzegovina has in Croatia a partner which has great potential, which is at your disposal through both technical and political support, because we are a rare but powerful voice in the European Union, in the context of the process of Euro-Atlantic integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, said Petrov.
“I really think that territorial integrity and sovereignty of Bosnia and Herzegovina are unquestionable and that any other form of policy could only cause instability. I believe that BiH is the key for stability in Southeast Europe. We, as the Republic of Croatia, will make ourselves available to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in any way that BiH needs”, said Petrov in Sarajevo.
“What I can point out is that I am really glad that, following a recent visit of Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, we will organize a joint session of the two governments, and that some of the open issues from the catalog of outstanding questions for which we need to find a solution between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina will be solved at that time”, said Petrov. He added that Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have a long common history, marked by tragic events, some of which happened quite recently. “Bosnia and Herzegovina has a true friend in all its efforts, and we hope that we are going to be able to help it in its voyage towards Euro-Atlantic integrations”, said Petrov.
In the afternoon, Petrov will hold a meeting with Catholic Archbishop of Sarajevo, Cardinal Vinko Puljić. Later, Speaker of Parliament will visit Vitez, where he has planned meetings with Mayor Tomislav Bošnjak-Matić and representatives of economic, cultural and other organizations in the municipality.
On Wednesday, Petrov will visit the University of Mostar, meet with the local Bishop Ratko Perić and visit the Franciscan Monastery of St. Peter and Paul.