Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio will travel to the Western Balkans tomorrow on a two-day mission to Montenegro and to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Minister Di Maio is the first Foreign Minister, among the major international partners, to visit Montenegro since the new government was formed last December. In Podgorica, the Foreign Minister will meet his counterpart Djordje Radulovic and Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić. Bilateral relations between the two countries on the shores of the Adriatic will then be the focus of talks with Deputy Prime Minister Abazovic and the Parliament Speaker Bečić.
In the afternoon, the Foreign Minister will fly to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The second part of his mission will begin with a visit to the headquarters of the EUFOR/NATO Mission, where the joint meeting with the two Commanders, Generals Alexander Platzer and Eric Folkestad, will be followed by a meeting with the Italian contingent there to express his good wishes. Afterwards, Minister Di Maio will meet the EU Special Representative, Johann Sattler, for an exchange of views on the country’s European perspective.
The following day, the Foreign Minister will hold a meeting with the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko. Bilateral relations, the reform agenda and the reconciliation process will be the focus of talks with members of the tripartite Presidency and with the joint Presidency of Parliament.
Finally, the Minister will meet with the Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Tegeltija, before returning to Italy on Tuesday evening.