Michael J. Murphy has arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina and today presented his credentials to the Chairman of the BiH Presidency as Ambassador of the United States.
During the ceremony, Ambassador Murphy stressed: “I look forward to leading my government’s work here to support Bosnia and Herzegovina’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and multi-ethnic character. The United States will continue to work with your country to ensure that Bosnia and Herzegovina is securely anchored in the Euro-Atlantic community of nations. The United States supports the expectations and aspirations of all Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens that their elected leaders – at all levels of government – work to provide them with more responsive, transparent, and accountable governance as well as with greater economic opportunity. The United States also supports the expectations of your country’s citizens that their leaders focus their time and energy on building a brighter political and economic future for Bosnia and Herzegovina, including by promoting continued peace and meaningful reconciliation. I look forward to working with you and your colleagues in the Presidency, and with all leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to advance the reforms vital to enabling Bosnia and Herzegovina to fulfill its great potential.”
Ambassador Murphy plans to host a press conference in the near future to outline the U.S. Government’s key priorities for his tenure in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Ambassador Murphy is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor. He previously served in Sarajevo as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy from 2006 to 2009. Prior to assuming his current duties in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ambassador Murphy served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from June 2018 until September 2021. His responsibilities included European security, including the U.S. relationship with NATO and the OSCE; Arctic security; and U.S. bilateral relations with Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.