Danish Foreign Minister Lars Lökke Rasmussen held a joint press conference with his counterpart Elmedin Konakovic within the scope of his official contacts in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina after Serbia.
"I am sure that in the future Bosnia and Herzegovina will be part of the European Union (EU)" Rasmussen also stated that between 16 thousand and 23 thousand citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina origin live in Denmark.
Stating that they also discussed the impact of the war in Ukraine on the region, Rasmussen emphasized that they welcomed the recent positive steps taken in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Rasmussen also emphasized that Denmark will always support stability and peace in the Western Balkans.
"Our Government supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The EU enlargement policy is an important political priority. I congratulate Bosnia and Herzegovina on its recent accession as a candidate country," Rasmussen said.
Konakovic stated that in order to take an important step in Bosnia and Herzegovina's EU membership process, they need to fulfill their responsibilities regarding 14 basic priorities and said that there is potential to increase the volume of foreign trade with Denmark.
"I told my Danish counterpart about the influence of Russia in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We realize that this is a problem for all of us, but I told my friends in the EU that a platform should be created to find common solutions to the problems. The punishment should not be imposed on all citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina," Konakovic said, who expressed concern about developments in Republika Srpska (RS), one of the two ethnicities of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Source: Anadolu Agency