Vucic's visit to BiH highlights desire for reconciliation


The recent visit by Serbia Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic to Sarajevo underscores positive shifts in relations between the two countries.

By Bedrana Kaletovic for Southeast European Times in Sarajevo -- 28/05/14


Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia (left) is welcomed to Sarajevo by Vjekoslav Bevanda, chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers, on May 13th. [AFP]

Serbia Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's recent visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) showed a strong political approach to reconciliation and is a positive sign for the region, experts said.

"The fact that Vucic chose Sarajevo for his first visit as prime minister is evidence of his support for the reconciliation process, and is a good signal for the entire region," Predrag Simic, a professor at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade, told SETimes.

Relations between BiH and Serbia have improved, but many experts say BiH's Serbian entity, Republika Srpska, has left the country divided due to its desire to secede.

During the May 13th visit, Vucic met with officials in Sarajevo to discuss the importance of co-operation in trade exchange, tourism and goods, as well as other projects between the two countries.

"After we resolve some political disputes, the BiH company Prevent will purchase the foundry in Prijepolje and will hire an additional 500 employees. Serbia has invested 842 million euros in BiH since 2012," Vucic said, noting that the constant growth of trade between the two countries is evident.

Serbia and BiH are major trade partners. Trade exchange between the two countries grew by 20.9 percent in the in first quarter of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. Exports from BiH grew by 28 percent, and exports from Serbia to BiH grew by 18.1 percent.

"We should look toward progress and closing the wounds from the past. The joint conclusion is to have fair and clear relations on all fields between BiH and Serbia," Vjekoslav Bevanda, chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers, told SETimes.

Experts said the political parties in BiH also welcome Vucic and his views toward the country.

"Political parties have mainly shared positive feedback about Vucic's victory at the elections, because they believe that he radically changed the hypocritical politics of [former Prime Minister] Boris Tadic toward Bosnia and Herzegovina. For that reason, his visit was seen as the important contribution to the stabilisation of the situation in the region," Enver Kazaz, a professor at the University of Sarajevo, told SETimes.

Related Articles


"I wish to build the trust and better relations with all citizens in BiH," Vucic said during his visit. "I strongly believe that BiH citizens wish the same. To be able to do that, we need to respect each other, and you can be sure that you have that from the Serbian side. Without any hidden agenda or hypocrisy, that is the best that Serbia can do and can expect from BiH."

"The entire tone of his visit, and the messages he shared, support the reconciliation process and future relations," Simic said.

Correspondent Bojana Milovanovic in Belgrade contributed to this report.

How will relations between BiH and Serbia change under Vucic's government? Tell us your thoughts.

This content was commissioned for
  • Email to a friend
  • icon Print Version
  • Share/Save/Bookmark

We welcome your comments on SETimes's articles.

It is our hope that you will use this forum to interact with other readers across Southeast Europe. In order to keep this experience interesting, we ask you to follow the rules outlined in the comments policy. By submitting comments, you are consenting to these rules. While encourages discussion on all subjects, including sensitive ones, the comments posted are solely the views of those submitting them. does not necessarily endorse or agree with the ideas, views, or opinions voiced in these comments. welcomes constructive discussion but discourages the use of copy-pasted materials, unaccompanied links and one-line slogans. This is a moderated forum. Comments deemed abusive, offensive, or those containing profanity may not be published.

SETimes's Comments Policy

Focus on Ukraine


Region, Turkey optimistic about new EU leadersRegion, Turkey optimistic about new EU leaders

Regional officials say the recent personnel changes in the EU will have a positive impact on their countries' relationship with Brussels.

SETimes logo

Most Popular



Should Greece change how it handles illegal immigrants?

I don't know