On 2 December 2019 in Sarajevo, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Latvia, Gunta Pastore, presented her letter of credence to the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Željko Komšić.
The Presidency Chairman and the Ambassador commended the constructive relationship between Latvia and Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as cooperation in the context of the European Union. Željko Komšić thanked Latvia for its support for the course of Bosnia and Herzegovina towards the EU and NATO.
In a discussion on EU-related topics, the Ambassador underlined that Latvia will continue supporting EU enlargement and an EU perspective for the Western Balkans. Željko Komšić expressed regret at the decision of the October European Council to postpone the launch of accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia. This is a negative signal to all countries in the Western Balkans. Bosnia and Herzegovina will continue on its path to the EU, which is a strategic goal for the country.
As it supports Bosnia and Herzegovina’s efforts of moving towards the EU, Latvia is prepared to share its experience of EU integration and reform. We are happy, Ambassador Pastore said that Latvia is taking part in EU twinning projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina and that representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina receive training in EU law at the Riga Graduate School of Law.
Speaking in the context of NATO, the Ambassador stressed that Latvia supports NATO’s open door policy and the course of Bosnia and Herzegovina to NATO membership. Presidency Chairman Komšić underlined the significant role played by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s integration with NATO.
During her accreditation visit, Gunta Pastore also visited the Archive of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she met with its director, Professor Adamir Jerković. The Ambassador praised the good existing cooperation between the archives of the two countries, which Latvia looks forward to continuing. Gunta Pastore offered special thanks to Professor Jerković for the exhibition held in Sarajevo in October to commemorate the Centenary of Latvia, “We Want to be Free, We Shall Be Free”.
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