Islamabad: Ambassador of Bosnia Herzegovina to Pakistan, Sakib Foric hosted a reception to commemorate the National Day and Armed Forces day of his country at a hotel in Islamabad. National Security Advisor, Naseer Khan Janjua diplomats; Armed Forces personnel of the diplomatic community; senior Pakistani officers and a cross section of Pakistanis from different walks of life attended the ceremony.The ceremony commenced with the singing of the national anthems of Bosnia Herzegovina and Pakistan. Ceremonial cake was cut by the ambassador and the dignitaries on stage.
Ambassador Foric, while addressing the ceremony said it was an honour for the embassy to celebrate the National Day and Armed Forces Day of Bosnia Herzegovina. “Please accept our warmest greetings and profound thanks.” “Tonight we are here in honour of two very important days for my country – November 25th, our National Day (Statehood Day) and December 1 Armed Forces Day.”
Highlighting the brief history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Ambassador said that from the 12th till the end of 14th century, when the country was known as one of the older European kingdoms. After this for the next several centuries it was part of Ottoman Empire until the Berlin congress in 1878 when it came under the Austro Hungarian Empire, with a special status and special close relations with both empires; the period it was part of the Federal People Republic of Yugoslavia; the war of independence from 1992 – 1995 after which an agreement was signed in US to terminate the war. Today Bosnia Herzegovina is a stable country with a bright future.
In case of the Armed Forces he mentioned the unique example of the transition from a post conflict country with three Armed Forces to one unique one established at the state level with 16000 fully professional soldiers that apart from being allied to other international organisations, tries to be useful by giving citizens a secure environment and help in case of natural disasters. “Our military industry is growing and we try to be partners with many countries, of which a good example is Pakistan,” he said.
As regards to bilateral relations, he said he was happy to say that the two countries have always enjoyed friendly relations. “I avail this opportunity to reaffirm to our Pakistani friends and leadership that Bosnia Herzegovina has an abiding interest in further strengthening of relations with Pakistan in all fields of mutual interest,” he said. “Finally, I wish to reiterate on this happy occasion that the friendship will further grow between Pakistan and Bosnia Herzegovina and I wish for peace, prosperity and happiness for the peoples of the two brotherly countries. Thank you.”