End Visa Regime with Kosovo, Lawmaker Says

A lawmaker in the Federation entity parliament said Bosnia should seek ways to end the mutual visa requirement with Kosovo. Dennis Gratz of Naša Stranka party told Fena news agency that although it is unlikely Bosnia will recognize the independence of Serbia’s province, the government should work to liberalize the visa regime with Kosovo.

“Due to a specific political context, Bosnia and Herzegovina has practically decided to follow Serbia’s policy in terms of relations with Kosovo. However, in practice, the relations between Priština and Belgrade have been liberalized, and we are the ones who have fallen behind,” said Gratz.

He said that Kosovo is an extremely important export market for Bosnia and that there are firm family, business, academic and cultural ties between Bosnians and Kosovars.

“Politicians often promise major changes, but I ask them to begin with small, concrete steps, one of which is the end to the visa regime with Kosovo,” said Gratz.

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