As the first stop on his official visit to all of the Western Balkans states, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria, Sebastian Kurz – conveyed messages of good cooperation in Sarajevo, stating that the Western Balkans, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in particular, are a foreign policy priority for his country. During his day in Sarajevo he held separate meetings with his Bosnian-Herzegovinian counterpart Igor Crnadak, with the Chairman of the Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdić, but also with the members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On current issues on Bosnia’s EU membership application he noted that Austria supports the announced sending of a membership application as he also spoke of the necessity to continue the reform process and the adoption of a coordination mechanism, to make the application credible and acceptable. Finally, Kurz stated that „A European Union without the Western Balkan states, is a Union which is incomplete“.

The visit is Bosnia was the begin a several-day tour of the Balkans in which Kurz will visit the other six countries of the region and have talks with officials of these countries and also deal with their EU integration and reform agendas.