BiH: Matthew Palmer arrives in Sarajevo on an official visit

BiH: Matthew Palmer arrives in Sarajevo on an official visit

US State Department Special Envoy for the Balkans and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer is on his way to to Sarajevo on an official visit, as Dnevni Avaz reports.

As it was confirmed from several sources, Palmer will hold a series of important political meetings in Sarajevo, including talks with political leaders and members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On Wednesday, Trump’s special envoy will meet with three prime ministers: Zoran Tegeltija, Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers, Fadil Novalić, Prime Minister of the Federation of BiH, and Radovan Višković, Prime Minister of Republika Srpska.

In addition, Palmer is expected to have more direct contacts with key political actors, especially following the significant events that have unfolded across the region.

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of the BiH Parliamentary Assembly Denis Zvizdić is confident that Palmer’s visit tomorrow will be useful for BiH and for all its citizens, as the US policy towards Bosnia and Herzegovina has always aimed at the mutual understanding of good and constructive political cooperation.

“I am looking forward to Mr. Palmer’s visit tomorrow. One year ago, I had a meeting with Mr. Palmer and former US Ambassador to BiH Maureen Cormack in Washington DC, and we discussed the current situation in BiH and the region. During our talks, Mr. Palmer showed great knowledge and understanding of the state of affairs in our country and the region, as well as the desire to contribute to the stabilization of the political and economic situation in BiH. I am sure that Mr. Palmer’s visit will be useful for our country and for all its citizens, because the US policy towards Bosnia and Herzegovina has always aimed at the mutual understanding of good and constructive political cooperation”, Zvizdić told FENA.

In that sense, Zvizdić sees Palmer’s visit as a confirmation of good relations and an indication that the United States is still very interested in BiH and the Western Balkans region, and that the country still holds the role of a key stabilizing factor in region.

“The USA is our great friend and the most important ally of Bosnia and Herzegovina in preserving its integrity and, together with the EU, securing real support for the democratization of BiH society, economic progress and strengthening the rule of law as one of the most important and fundamental values of organized states. I am sure that the results of Mr. Palmer’s visit will be visible and will focus on the integration and reform processes, as well as on the economic prosperity of our country”, Zvizdić concluded.

It is expected that, during his meetings with the BiH Authorities, Palmer will discuss economic issues and in particular the fight against the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Furthermore, the discussion of constitutional amendments is also plausible, considering that the 25-year anniversary of the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement is approaching. /ibna