Thursday, September 25, 2008


NEW YORK, UNITED NATIONS (September 25,2008) - On the second day of the visit to New York, asides the address before the UN General Assembly, the Bosnian President Haris Silajdzic held several bilateral meetings.

Silajdzic met with presidents of Islamic Republic of Iran, Palestine and Portugal along with Qatar Sheikh.

At the meeting with Iranian President Ahmadinejad, President Silajdzic thanked for the help Iran provided to the Bosnian people,during the 1992-1995 Serbian,Montenegrin and Croatian aggressions against Bosnia.

They talked about improvement of relations between the two friendly states and President Ahmadinejad invited Presidrnt Silajdzic to visit Iran.

Bosnian President Haris Silajdzic also met with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and talked about the political situation in Bosnia and Palestine. They concluded that Bosnia and Palestine are multicultural societies sharing some common experience and that the justice is important in order to reach peace and security.

During the meeting with Qatar Sheikh, Hammad bin Khalifa Al Thani, President Silajdzic stated that Bosnia has water resources for production of electric energy which are not exploited enough and expressed the need for investments in the country. Qatar Sheikh expressed the will to look into options of investing in Bosnia.

President Silajdzic also met with the President of Portugal, Anibal Antonio Cavaco Silva who stated that Portugal from the beginning supported Bosnia on its path towards the EU membership. They also talked about candidature of Bosnia for observing member of the UN Security Council in 2010/2011 and the candidature of Portugal for the member of UN Security Council for 2011/2012.

The Bosnian President Haris Silajdzic attended the reception organized by US president George Bush, for presidents of states with peace troops in Iraq and the reception organized by UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon for heads of states who attend the General Assembly,the Bosnian State Presidency said.

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