Presidency Chairman Says Bosnia Eyes Bigger Role in Afghanistan

Chairman of Bosnia’s collective head of state told a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium that the country intends to boost support for the coalition mission to Afghanistan.

Bakir Izetbegović, the Bosniak member on the Bosnian Presidency and currently its chairman, said Bosnia intends to increase the contribution to the Resolute Support Mission by deploying a unit to destroy unexploded ordnance and by training members of the Afghan security and defense forces. He told the NATO summit that peace in Afghanistan can be achieved by engaging the stakeholders in a mechanism of consultation, compromise and consensus. However, any sustainable peace effort must be lead by domestic forces, he said.

“Peace cannot be sustainable without a regional dimension, especially without important arrangements with the neighboring countries, Pakistan in particular,” Izetbegović said.

Speaking about a globalized international peace and security, Izetbegović said that Bosnia’s role should be strengthened by becoming a stronger and more important partner of the Alliance. He urged NATO to send Bosnia an invitation to join the Annual National Program and to start the process of activation of the Membership Action Plan for the country.

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