Pope Francis on February 24, 2018, received in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the collegial Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, composed of the current Chair Dragan Čović, Mladen Ivanić, and Bakir Izetbegović, who subsequently met with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.
During the discussions, which took place in a cordial atmosphere, according to the Vatican Press Office, satisfaction was expressed for the good relations between the Holy See and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the parties renewed their commitment to continuing on the path of constructive bilateral collaboration and to strengthening dialogue and interreligious understanding.
Attention then turned to the current domestic context, marked by various challenges of an economic and social nature, and to the urgency of promoting initiatives to guarantee a future to the new generations. Mention was also made of the need to pursue the path of reform in a concerted way, also with a view to the integration of the country in the European Union, and to guarantee effective equality between the constituent peoples, favoring peaceful co-existence and a climate of reconciliation between all members of society. Finally, the parties focused on several political issues, including the importance of cooperation between the States of the Region.