Her arrival was confirmed by the Chairman of the Committee for assigning the Award of Isa beg Ishaković, academician Vjekoslav Gerc, who noted that the visit of Grabar-Kitarović is special and inspiring since she is a stateswoman with a positive and friendly attitude towards B&H and who will certainly be a carrier of the basic processes in the region. “This visit comes in the spirit of the traditionally strong and friendly relationship between the two cultures which, throughout the history, were mutually interwoven and complemented each other,” said Chairman Gerc.
“When it comes to the international affirmation of the award named after the founder of Sarajevo,” continues Academician Gerc, “there are, mainly, the objective reasons, and there are to emphasize all the splendor of our cultural community, which is almost unique, and resulted from the confrontation of diversities which were always forming our society.”
“Cities are, above all, cultural and civilization testimony of one region. Sarajevo that I remembered as a child and Sarajevo today, are essentially no different. Sarajevo is still a cultural and civilizational witness of the coexistence of differences. These are the foundations on which we have, in the past decade, patiently raised this acknowledgment, incorporating ourselves and our community in a better Europe,” concludes academician Gerc.