Israel and Bosnia-Hercegovina Establish Diplomatic Relations

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
September 26, 1997

Foreign Minister David Levy will today (Friday) meet the Foreign Minister of Bosnia-Herzegovina Jadranko Frlic and sign with him an agreement on the establishment of diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level.

The appointment of ambassadors, as well as cooperation between the two countries will be discussed in diplomatic channels. The two foreign ministers will publish a joint statement following the signing of the agreement, stating that Israel and Bosnia-Herzegovina intend to advance and strengthen the friendship ad cooperation between the two countries and peoples.

Israel voted in favor of accepting Bosnia-Herzegovina as a full member of the UN in 1992, and during the Bosnian War, Israel sent several shipments of humanitarian aid of food and medicines. In particular, the joint Israel Air Force and Jordanian Air Force shipment of aid in July 1995 should be noted. Israel has also accepted approximately 100 Bosnian refugees since 1993.

Israel followed the cruel war in Bosnia with concern and condemned the attacks on civilians there. Israel welcomed the Dayton Peace Accords which ended the acts of terror and the made possible the establishment of a joint state for Muslims, Croats and Serbs in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Israel wishes the citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovinaa a continuation of the peace process and rehabilitation of the country and is certain that the friendship and cooperation between the two countries will benefit both peoples.