picture of Péter Szijjártó and Milorad Dodik

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has arrived in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, for a working lunch with Milorad Dodik, the Serbian member of the country’s three-member presidency, said Bertalan Havasi, the prime minister’s press chief to state news agency MTI.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó also took part in Saturday’s discussions, which the minister announced on his Facebook page.

Viktor Orbán received Milorad Dodik in the Carmelite monastery in Budapest in June, and is now returning the visit with this trip to Banja Luka.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is in danger of a long-term civil war and disintegration as Serbian separatists try to create their own army and Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik plans to withdraw from all common institutions, writes Index.

Due to the situation, the international community’s High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Christian Schmidt, believes that peace and stability in the region are at stake.

For this reason, the EU’s international force under the auspices of the European Council (EUFOR) has around 700 peacekeepers in the country, and NATO also has a headquarters in Sarajevo.

[Index][Photo: Péter Szijjártó / Facebook]

By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.