In a lecture for students at Mostar University on Tuesday, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic stressed that Bosnia and Herzegovina's integration with Euro-Atlantic associations was Croatia's strategic interest and that without Croats that country would not exist.
"I strongly believe that EU and NATO membership is not only a firm guarantee to resolve security threats which the European Union and southeast Europe are encountering, but that it is the best guarantee for lasting peace, security, stability and for people to remain in this region. That isn't a strategic interest of just Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is a profound strategic interest for Croatia," the President said during the talk entitled "European security challenges in Southeast Europe."
"Without Croats and all of you who live here and work at Mostar University there would be no Bosnia and Herzegovina. BiH is not only a geographical area but the people who make it," Grabar-Kitarovic said.
"The Croatian people are one nation, one being. We in Croatia have a special, not just duty, not just moral or constitutional obligation, but a desire and strong urge to help you Croats in BiH to fully achieve your rights as an equal constituent people of this wonderful land and to create conditions for young people to remain here in Mostar, in BiH," she said.
Later on Tuesday the President will attend the opening of the International Economic Fair Mostar 2016 which will also be attended by Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic. The President's Office has reported that a meeting between the two is not scheduled even though Serbian media earlier reported otherwise.