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.
On Wednesday, the 1st November 2016, the attendees of the FCO Fellowship Program from Bosnia and Herzegovina visited the BiH Embassy in London. The fellows, coming from all areas of the public life in our country (public administration, businesses, media and non-governmental organizations) were received by H.E Branko T. Nešković, the Ambassador, who briefed them about the issues that are currently actual in the UK and at the same time important, primarily for the bilateral relations of our country with the United Kingdom. The guests were interested to learn more about the modalities for economic and touristic promotion of our country in the UK territory, about the projects in the field of culture, about extent to which our diaspora is organized, as well as about interest of primarily our successful youth diaspora members in potential investing into Bosnia and Herzegovina, and also about the upcoming Business Forum in London. The nature of a diplomat job and the role of diplomacy in bilateral and multilateral relations were also discussed.
This three-week fellowship program is rather versatile and intense, combined with specialized lectures delivered by the representatives of the British Government and Members of the British Parliament, with the tours of the important landmarks and attending the cultural events in London, while the program also included visit to Edinburgh – Scotland, where a tour of the Building of the Scottish Parliament was planned, and also a meeting with the Parliament's representatives. In the end of the meeting, the announcement was made that, in organization of the British Embassy under one similar fellowship program, young and successful people from our country are supposed to visit UK early next year, what is undoubtedly further confirmation of a sound cooperation between the two countries.