President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović has reacted to headlines in the Jerusalem Post, which ran an article quoting her as allegedly saying that Bosnia and Herzegovina is an unstable country under the control of militant Islam.
The president repeated that during her meeting with Israeli President Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu, she said that she wants to see all of our neighboring countries in the European Union as soon as possible.
“Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina must talk about cooperation and mutual assistance in resolving problems, and not make relations more tense,” said President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.
The statement carried by the Jerusalem Post met with condemnation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The president strongly refuted that she said anything of the sort and noted that in international relations it is very unusual to react to unchecked articles in the media.
“Every country would first send their ambassador in Croatia to check the quotes then react in an appropriate manner,” said the president.
“These are comments on comments from the journalist that wrote them, I repeat I did not say that. I fully reject these harsh reactions in which Croatia is even compared to fascism or a fascist state. The time has definitely come to think about relations between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, because recently we have seen a series of steps that Bosnia and Herzegovina has taken toward Croatia which are fairly aggressive, from accusations of illegal work by our secret services to threats by judicial bodies when the Pelješac Bridge is in question and so forth,” said President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.
Greer Fay Cashman, the journalist from the Jerusalem Post that wrote the text said today that, in fact, she interpreted a portion of comments by the Croatian president related to migrants and radical Islam.
Speaking for the Dnevni Avaz portal from Sarajevo, Cashman said that she remains behind her statements on the content of the conversation held behind closed doors between President Grabar-Kitarović and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, but at the same time she corrected the most disputed portion of the text that she wrote.