Minister for Foreign Affairs G. W. Vella received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr Igor Crnadak, for official talks. The two Ministers welcomed the positive bilateral relations that exist between Malta and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and discussed the possibility of furthering these ties through exploring ways of improving accessibility between the two countries with the view to develop tourism links in the future.
Minister Vella underlined Malta’s continuing support for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU Perspective, and commended the progress that was achieved by the country this year on its path to EU accession, positively recalling Bosnia and Herzegovina’s bid for EU membership which was submitted in February 2016. He welcomed the cooperative spirit which was recently demonstrated by the three members of the Presidency, and expressed his hope that this unified approach will continue.
Minister Crnadak thanked Minister Vella for Malta’s consistent support to his country’s EU aspirations. He gave an overview of the reforms taking place in Bosnia and Herzegovina, particularly those relating to the Reform Agenda, and the Government’s efforts to implement the Stabilization and Association Agreement. Minister Vella welcomed the positive developments, and the two Ministers agreed on the importance of such tangible reforms, particularly for the youth of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The two Ministers discussed the ongoing challenges in the Mediterranean and the Balkans, particularly with regards to the issue of migration and radicalization. Minister Vella noted that during Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, migration will be one of its key priorities and Malta will strive to keep this issue high on the EU agenda. The importance of political stabilization in the Western Balkan region was also emphasised by the two sides.
(Photo credit: MFA and DOI – Jason Borg)