Visit of Bosnia and Herzegovina Delegation

I am sure Members will wish to join me in welcoming a parliamentary delegation from Bosnia and Herzegovina led by the Foreign Minister, H. E. Mr. Igor Crnadak, who is accompanied by the ambassador H. E. Mr. Branko Neškovic. On my own behalf and that of all of my colleagues in Seanad Éireann, I extend a warm welcome to the delegation and offer good wishes for a very successful visit to Ireland. Its members are very welcome and I thank them for visiting us.

I join the Acting Chairman in extending a welcome to the Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Crnadak, and the ambassador, H. E. Mr. Neškovic. I was delighted to have the opportunity this morning to have very positive and constructive bilateral engagement with the delegation. Ireland and Bosnia Herzegovina have a great deal in common. We note the application of Bosnia and Herzegovina for accession as a member state of the European Union. In that regard, Ireland can continue to be of assistance to it. Notwithstanding the very challenging issues facing the European Union in the context of migration and terrorism and, of course, from our own perspective, the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, it is important that the accession agenda continue the process of enlargement. I wish the delegation every success on its visit to Ireland.