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The first diplomatic charity basketball tournament entitled „Dunking Diplomats“ was staged last weekend in London, in the premises of the American School, organized by the Embassies of the Republic of Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the Tournament, that gathered a large number of basketball fans, participated 60 „basket players“ pertaining to the diplomatic corps in London.

Initiators and organizers of this charity event were the Ambassadors of the Republic of Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina, while the event's media partner was a London-based diplomatic magazine „Embassy Magazine“. Sponsors of the Tournament were „IDS“ Ltd. – a leading British company for supply to the diplomatic corps, the Austrian company „Silhouette“ and the Austrian Tourist Agency, while the host of this interesting event was the London-based fundraising charity „Greenhouse Sports“. Entire tournament's income was intended to the charity purposes, as an aid to children in the local communities. 

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Igor Crnadak, paid an official visit to Ireland on 26 January 2017. During his visit, Minister Crnadak met the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Charles Flanagan. During their meeting, the Ministers expressed mutual agreement that the two countries have sound and friendly relations. Also, there was expressed desire to further strengthen their relations in future, primarily in light of the process of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s integration into European Union, emphasising that the current circumstances should be used and that a top level bilateral meeting should be arranged soon.  

Ambassador Branko T. Nešković attended on 16th December 2016, upon invitation extended by the Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Major-General Paul Anthony Edward Nanson, the Sovereign’s Parade and the promotion of the officers of this prestigious military academy.

Within the scheduled diplomatic activities of the Embassy for this year, the Ambassador Branko T. Nešković visited Wales on the 11th and 12th December, having had the meetings with the officials of the hospitable homeland of the old Celts. In the meeting with the First Minister Carwyn Jones, actual political situation in Wales and United Kingdom was discussed. The Welsh know a lot about our country and are glad to see Bosnia and Herzegovina advancing on its way toward the EU integration.  They welcomed the initiative to organize next year an investment conference in London, and the First Minister committed to ensure participation of the Welsh companies, expressing his hope for some of them to find their interest in a more concrete business engagement, whether in Bosnia and Herzegovina or in Wales.  

Chairman of the BIH Presidency Dr Mladen Ivanić visited London in the period 17th to 21st November 2016. During his visit, on 17th November, the Chairman met the Head of British diplomacy, Boris Johnson. The meeting was held at the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office and attended also by Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the United Kingdom Branko T. Nešković and the Head of the Department for Western Balkans Fiona Mcilwham.

Actual political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and possibility to reinstate the issue of our country’s economic progress to the focus of the political talks were discussed.

Chairman Ivanić expressed his hope that the international community and UK as the member of the Peace Implementation Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina would endorse his efforts in his upcoming eight-month chairing term, supporting him on this path.