Hagel Hosts Bosnia-Herzegovina Defense Minister at Pentagon
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May. 15, 2013 Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosted Bosnia-Herzegovina Minister of Defense Zekerijah Osmic at the Pentagon today, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, welcomes Bosnia-Herzegovinia Defense Minister Zekerijah Osmic and Ambassador Jadranka Negodic, background, at the Pentagon, May 15, 2013. Hagel and Osmic met to discuss defense issues of mutual interest. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
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Hagel congratulated Bosnia for its recent deployment of a Bosnian Armed Forces unit with the Maryland National Guard to Kandahar, Afghanistan, Little said.
“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,” he said. “Secretary Hagel noted that in the 17 years since the Dayton Accords, the Bosnian Armed Forces have matured greatly and are now contributing to NATO's efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.”
The two leaders discussed their mutual priorities of NATO reforms, Little said, to include ammunition disposal and logistics reform.
"Secretary Hagel reiterated the United States' commitment to Bosnia's progress toward NATO and EU integration, and conveyed our firm support for current efforts to register its defense properties," he concluded.