The ambassador started the lecture by asking: “Can there be a friendship in politics?”
The affirmative answer confirmed that our countries could be an example of this. After conveying which path Slovenia has taken in the past decades, Mrs. Bukinac emphasized that our country should continue the path of European integration, because that path does not have an adequate alternative.
Slovenia was in a challenge when it had to decide how to distance itself from the former Yugoslavia and at the same time be accepted from Western Europe. She emphasized that the strategic goal of the country was clear, we want to move forward, we turn to the West. However, Slovenia was not economically ready for integration with the West, and soon realized that it would develop the economy with the Western Balkan countries, which they have successfully achieved.
“At the time we turned to the West, economic and social connections remained active with the countries of the former Yugoslavia and this combination proved to be right,” concluded Ambassador Bukinac, noting that cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina is of great importance for both countries.
The students who attended the lecture asked questions, discussed with the Ambassador, and used another opportunity to get to know political practice firsthand, provided by the Department of International Relations and European Studies through its program, bringing in guest lecturers.
“Our goal is to allow students to broaden their perspectives, develop a network of acquaintances and give them the opportunity to get to know political practice firsthand,” said Dr. Alija Kozljak,a lecturer at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at International Burch University.
After the lecture, we accompanied the Ambassador on her way to Slovenia, where she will participate in a very important event within which she will host the greatest state officials of Bosnia and Herzegovina.