U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
November 20, 2020
Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Meeting with Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency
The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown:
Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun met virtually today with the three members of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, Milorad Dodik, Željko Komšić, and Šefik Džaferović. The Deputy Secretary and the members of the Presidency commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords, initialed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, that ended the devastating war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Deputy Secretary Biegun and the members of the Presidency also discussed cooperation to ensure peace and stability in the Western Balkans, which has been supported by more than $2 billion in U.S. assistance provided to Bosnia and Herzegovina since the Dayton Peace Accords, including over $4 million in COVID-19 assistance.
The Deputy Secretary urged the Presidency to fully realize the promise of peace by enacting the governance reforms necessary to enable Bosnia and Herzegovina to achieve Euro-Atlantic integration. He underscored that the United States deeply values its longstanding partnership with Bosnia and Herzegovina; supports its sovereignty and territorial integrity; and continues to stand as a steadfast partner committed to our shared goal of a democratic, inclusive, and prosperous Bosnia and Herzegovina on the path to full Euro-Atlantic integration. Finally, Deputy Secretary Biegun and the members of the Presidency agreed that the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina deserve lasting stability, effective governance, and accountable leaders who work together to ensure economic opportunities for all.