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Release No: 335-13
May 15, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel’s Meeting with Bosnia-Herzegovina Minister of Defense Zekerijah Osmic

            Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout: 

            Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosted Bosnia-Herzegovina Minister of Defense Zekerijah Osmic today at the Pentagon.  

            Secretary Hagel congratulated Bosnia for its recent deployment of a Bosnian armed forces unit with the Maryland National Guard to Kandahar, Afghanistan.  This week, the Maryland National Guard and the Bosnian Armed Forces celebrate the 10th anniversary of their state partnership, a key part of our military to military relationship.  Secretary Hagel noted that in the 17 years since the Dayton Accords, the Bosnian Armed Forces have matured greatly and are now contributing to North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan. 

            The two leaders discussed their mutual priorities of NATO reforms, to include ammunition disposal and logistics reform.  

            Secretary Hagel reiterated the United States’ commitment to Bosnia’s progress toward NATO and European Union integration and conveyed our firm support for current efforts to register its defense properties.

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