The chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Covic started the official part of a two-day visit to New Zealand with a state reception at the residence of the New Zealand General Governor in Wellington.
After the ceremonial welcome ceremony, he met with the president of the Supreme Court and the governor of the Government of New Zealand, Lady Sian Elias, at the residence.
Covic thanked Lady Elias and stressed that his visit to New Zealand is not coincidental at this time, when it marks 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries.
After meeting with Lady Elias, Covic visited the War National Memorial Park Pukeahu, laying a wreath and honoring all the fallen members of the New Zealand Army.
After visiting the War Memorial Park, he met in the Parliament building the newly elected prime minister Jacint Ardern. At the beginning of the meeting, Covic congratulated Ardern for taking on the new post and wished her success in continuing her career. He also stressed BiH’s gratitude for all the help and support that New Zealand has given us and expressed hope that it will continue to build traditionally good relations. The two also discussed the strengthening of economic cooperation, as well as the opportunities for New Zealand investing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially in the field of tourism.
At the end of the meeting, Covic invited prime minister Ardern to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Yesterday, Covic met with representatives of the Croatian Cultural Society in Auckland and was informed about their activities. At the meeting, he praised the work of the Society, especially emphasizing the role it plays in preserving its identity, language and culture.
This is a larger local community that has a great social function. The company has a membership of 550 to 600 people, and is the largest Croatian organization in New Zealand. He also visited the Simunovic family, which deals with the cultivation of olives and is therefore one of the most famous in this part of the world.
(Source: Klix.ba / photo: predsjednistvobih.ba)