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Hungary backs Bosnia and Herzegovina's for EU and NATO membership

Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány said following a meeting with Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola Spiric in Sarajevo that he will support Bosnia and Herzegovina's accession to the EU and NATO.

Gyurcsány signed a declaration of support for Bosnia and Herzegovina's EU accession following his meeting with Spiric.

Gyurcsány said that Hungarian investors are primarily interested in telecommunications, energy and tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina, adding that Hungary is also planning to participate in the development of both road and railway infrastructure in the country. Gyurcsány added that customs duties imposed on imports between Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina will be cancelled in a couple of weeks.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is to sign a trade-and-aid agreement with the EU on June 16, making it the final country in the region to establish a contractual relationship with the 27-nation union. The Stabilization and Association Agreement is seen as a stepping stone toward eventual EU membership.

Spiric said he hoped that economic relations between Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina will strengthen after the agreement is signed.

Gyurcsány said that support for Bosnia and Herzegovina's accession to the European Union is not in Hungary's unilateral interest, since Bosnia and Herzegovina needs the Europe and Europe needs a peaceful and prosperous Bosnia and Herzegovina. (MTI – Econews)