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Dumont: Political Dialogue between BiH and France should be strengthened

BiH Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik and BiH Presidency member Sefik Dzaferovic received Isabelle Dumont, diplomatic adviser to French President Emmanuel Macron.

The members of the Presidency of BiH thanked the people and the Government of France for their support to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the EU integration process, as well as the continuity of France’s political attitudes towards BiH as a multi-ethnic, sovereign state of democratic order, integrated in a stable region and Europe.

In this context, France is implementing various cooperation programs in BiH to support Bosnia and Herzegovina on its EU path. This cooperation, with an integrated approach, is implemented in four main areas: internal security, technical cooperation, including governance and higher education, and scientific cooperation, culture and civil society, including the promotion of Francophonie and the continued takeover of the Acquis.

Adviser Dumont reminded the members of the Presidency of BiH that France at the Summit in London in 2018 decided to expand the mandate of the French Development Agency (AFD) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which would be responsible for financial investments in significant projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the coming years, especially in the fields of regional integration, environment and climate, innovation and the digital economy.

The interlocutors concluded that political dialogue should be strengthened in the coming period by exchanging visits between officials of the two countries. On that occasion, members of the Presidency of BiH reiterated the invitation to the President of the Republic of France Emmanuel Macron to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The meeting was also attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of France to Bosnia and Herzegovina Christine Toudic, and the Head of Mission to the Directorate for Continental Europe at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France Guillaume Rousson.

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