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Čović holds a phone meeting with Croatian Foreign Minister Grlić Radman

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SARAJEVO, March 30 (FENA) - Speaker of the House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dragan Čović, today held a telephone meeting with Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman.

The two officials discussed the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, with particular reference to the state and capacity in health and the economy, stressing that current efforts must be directed towards saving the lives of residents while working to protect economic stability.

Čović and Grlić Radman also commented on an important initiative forwarded to the EU leaders to exempt Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkans from an EU decision banning the export of medical and protection equipment for the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

They stressed that while Bosnia and Herzegovina and many countries across the EU and the world find themselves facing a health precedent, Bosnia and Herzegovina remains firmly focused on its European path, especially in light of Croatia's EU presidency, during which two candidate countries received a green light to start accession negotiations, which shows that the EU is committed to enlargement even in these challenging times.

BiH must work hard to meet its long-term strategic goals, the most important of which is EU membership.

On that path, Bosnia and Herzegovina can rely on cooperation with partners from the Republic of Croatia, who have been actively advocating EU membership for Bosnia and Herzegovina for many years, said Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia Grlić Radman, announced the BiH PA.