Press release

Seychelles and Bosnia and Herzegovina formalise their relations

June 6, 2014

The Republic of Seychelles has formally established diplomatic relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina yesterday in New York. Ambassador to the United Nations Marie Louise Potter initialed the document on behalf of Seychelles. The establishment of diplomatic relations seeks to promote mutual understanding and strengthening of friendship and cooperation between the two nations, guided by the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter and in international law.

Her Excellency Ms. Mirsada Colakovic, Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations signed the document on behalf of her country.

Ambassador Potter expressed Seychelles’ solidarity with the Bosnia and Herzegovina following the recent natural disaster that struck the country.

The Ambassadors discussed the potential for cooperation between the countries particularly in areas of Trade and Tourism. During the meeting Seychelles proposed to sign a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) and Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA). They also sought to support in other their respective bids for the United Nations Security Council and the Human rights Council

Ambassador Colakovic acknowledged the contributions that small countries like Seychelles can bring to the Security Council, and the merits of urgent reforms that are required for the Council to fulfill its primary mandate of promoting and maintaining peace and security in the context of modern realities.

The Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina also applauded Seychelles’ high ranking on the Human Development Index internationally and for its position in Africa in spite of having undertaken a series of difficult economic reforms.

Both Seychelles and Bosnia and Herzegovina have agreed to continue collaborating on global issues of mutual concerns.