A meeting of the delegations of the Republic of Srpska and the Government of Hungary was held in Banja Luka today, led by the President of the Republic of Srpska Milorad Dodik and the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán.
On this occasion, the President Dodik said that the Republic of Srpska was honored by the visit of the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán and the delegation with whom they discussed friendly relations based on real development needs in various spheres of life.
The President of the Republic emphasized that a joint statement was signed, which will be the basis for the development of specific businesses in various areas, from health, economy, energy, education, communications, traffic, everything that represents a common interest.
“We are ready to be the partners in the new developed Balkan policy of Hungary, which is focused on cooperation, understanding and appreciation, which we cannot see on some other sides. The dialogue that we will conduct today and in the future is based on developing the ways of that cooperation in the best possible way”, said the President Dodik.
The President of the Republic said that the main topic was how to move forward, how to develop capacities, and the field of energy is something that we want to see as soon as possible.
“We are looking for joint projects and I am sure that we will be successful in that regard”, said the President Dodik, and he also mentioned the construction of roads, as well as to see what can be carried out together in the development of medicine factories, and to try to see the possibility of joint wood processing projects and wood industry.
The President of the Republic added that Srpska is following what the Government of Hungary is doing in the area of demographic policy, where it is proving to be the most successful and wants to implement certain activities on that front.
“I would like to thank the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán for improving the status of the Serbian community in Hungary, which showed a much higher level of support than some other countries”, said the President of Srpska.
The President Dodik emphasized that he is also pleased with the global development of good relations between Hungary and Srspka and that Srpska, as part of the Serbian people, wants to be part of an integrated project.
The President of the Republic said that on this occasion they thanked for the incentive within the support project in the field of agriculture in the amount of 100 million euros, stating that 30 million are implemented.
“The first phase”, noted the president of Srpska, “is already being implemented, but there will be an opportunity to show it only in two or three weeks”.
“We thanked for the understanding we were given at the beginning of the year when we provided the necessary funds to support the budget, which enabled us to function stably all this time and for our institutions to work flawlessly”, it was emphasized by the President Dodik.
The President of the Republic added that he is grateful to the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán for his support for BiH’s European path, and that he had the opportunity to inform him of certain political developments.
“We did not waste a lot of words on that, because I think it is far more important to focus on the issues of projects important for the common future”, said the President of the Republic of Srpska on this occasion.
During today’s visit, after the meeting of the delegations, the President of the Government of the Republic of Srpska Radovan Višković and the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó signed the Joint Declaration on the cooperation of the Republic of Srpska and the Government of Hungary, in which the two parties confirm their intention to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation between institutions and economic entities.
In the honor of the visit of the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán and the delegation of the Hungarian Government to the Republic of Srpska, after the meetings, a walk in Banja Luka and a festive dinner were organised.