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Tegeltija and Krivokapić: Economy is a priority in future cooperation

Text: Hana Imamović, FENA Photo/Amer Kajmović

SARAJEVO, May 24 (FENA) - Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zoran Tegeltija talked today in Sarajevo with Montenegrin Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić about improving economic relations, the road to the European Union and coronavirus pandemic.
Today's meeting is the first meeting between the newly formed Government of Montenegro and the Council of Ministers of BiH, and after the meeting it was assessed that it is necessary for the two countries to cooperate, which is a prerequisite for everyone to feel better.
The interlocutors agree that the priority between the two countries is the improvement of infrastructure, such as the construction of the road from Foča to Šćepan Polje, and the second priority is the facilitation and acceleration of crossing state borders.
Krivokapić and Tegeltija say they will soon try to resolve the issue of the border crossing at Zupci by having both border police use the BiH crossing and work together at least during the tourist season to speed up the border crossing. 
“The highest priority must be economic cooperation. We need to make this region different, better for living, which can only be done by strengthening the economy and removing obstacles. Montenegro has no disputable issues with BiH and as long as it is like that, then all the doors are open,” said Krivokapić.
Tegeltija referred to the foreign trade of the two countries, which was around 450 million KM for three years, but was reduced by 25 percent during the pandemic, and one of the biggest reasons why foreign trade is not at a higher level is the issue of infrastructure.
“Connecting Sarajevo and Podgorica is very important, and the first phase in that is the reconstruction of the road Foča-Šćepan Polje. That project has been made a priority for BiH. We hope to sign a contract for the construction of the road this year, which should be completed in the next two or three years,” said Tegeltija.
As he said, the European Union is a goal that both countries want to reach, which is their natural path. Tegeltija called on the European Union not to allow the conditions for that to be set by those who know little about the situation in the two countries, so that the Western Balkans would become part of the European Union as soon as possible.
It was announced that a joint session of the Government of Montenegro and the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina should be organized, which did not happen before.

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