Croatian premier visits Bosnia

Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader said Thursday that Bosnia could be granted favored status at the Croatian port of Ploče.

Source: DPA
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During a meeting with his Bosnian counterpart Nikola Špirić in Sarajevo, Sanader suggested favorable usage of the port in exchange for possible favorable status for Croatia on the 5C corridor expected to link central Europe and the Adriatic coast through Bosnia.

Before the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia the port of Ploče was built mostly thanks to Bosnia-Herzegovina's investment and was an important port for the country.

Bosnian and Croatian officials also discussed a number of issues between the two neighboring states.

Sanader stressed that "Croatia is absolutely interested in a solid and stable Bosnia-Herzegovina" and promised Croatia's full support for Bosnia's progress towards the European Union and NATO.

"Bosnia-Herzegovina's membership in the EU and NATO is of strategic importance for Croatia," he told reporters.

During his three-day visit to Bosnia, Sanader was also due to meet with the members of Bosnia's tripartite state presidency, Sarajevo's Archbishop Cardinal Vinko Puljić and representatives of Bosnian Croats.

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