Sri Lanka offers support to Bosnia and Herzegovina for EU integration

(MENAFN- Colombo Gazette)

Sri Lanka has offered support to Bosnia and Herzegovina in its quest for European integration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The Foreign Ministry said the offer was made during Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana's visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Marapana had talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Igor Crnadak and Deputy Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina Josip Brkic.

During the meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Josip Brkic the Deputy Minister explained to the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister the constitutional background of the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, particularly their system of elections, the rotating Presidency and their application for European integration.

The Deputy Foreign Minister also briefed Minister Marapana on the Human Rights problems faced by Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Yugoslavian war and the difficulties of post- war reconciliation.

Foreign Minister Marapana briefed the Bosnia and Herzegovina Deputy Foreign Minister on the current constitutional reform process in Sri Lanka and offered Sri Lanka's support to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in its quest for European integration.

Minister Marapana, meanwhile told the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Igor Crnadak that a Bosnia – Sri Lanka parliamentary friendship group would shortly be formed in the Sri Lanka Parliament.

Foreign Minister Crnadak stated that though the main focus of Bosnia and Herzegovina at present is on integration with the European Union and regional cooperation with Balkan states, they are also very keen to open a new chapter in foreign affairs by establishing trade and investment promotion between Bosnia and Asian countries like Sri Lanka. He said that to that end the opening of an Honorary Consulate in Colombo is a welcoming step. (Colombo Gazette)

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