May 25, 2022

Joint press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Chair of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Šefik Džaferović

Welcome to NATO Headquarters, it’s great to see you here. And it is really a pleasure to welcome you because Bosnia and Herzegovina is a valued partner for NATO.

We strongly support your sovereignty and territorial integrity.

And remain committed to your Euro-Atlantic aspirations….


Our political dialogue and practical cooperation are more important than ever, with Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine and its malign influence across the region.

So NATO will do even more to stand with our partners.

We have just had a very constructive discussion on how we can further deepen our cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This could include developing a new defence capacity-building package.


Reinforcing our Headquarters in Sarajevo with more personnel and financial resources.

And supporting expert team visits and counter-disinformation efforts.


We also discussed NATO’s role in Operation ALTHEA.

Our cooperation with the European Union on this remains essential.
And we will continue to support this important EU operation.

We also addressed the importance of unified structures of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Including the armed forces…

You will now participate in a meeting of the North Atlantic Council with all the 30 Allies.

And that will provide you to continue the discussion on how to further strengthen the partnership between Bosnia and Herzegovina and NATO.