US EMBASSY DENIES VISA TO REPUBLIKA SRPSKA PRESIDENT




By Nuran Yıldırım - TDO - The visa application of the president of the Bosnian Serb entity Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik in order to attend the inauguration of new U.S. President Donald Trump is rejected by the US Embassy in Sarajevo.

In a statement to Bosnian Serb Television RTRS, the president of the Bosnian Serb entity Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik said that he received an invitation to attend the inauguration of new U.S. President Donald Trump, but said that his diplomatic visa application to the US Embassy was rejected on the grounds that he “would not be able to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina”. Dodik has denied the claims that he had paid USD 10,000 to attend the ceremony, arguing that he is invited to a ceremony by one of Trump’s employees on his election campaign.

Dodik also voiced his disappointment regarding no one will be represented on behalf of Bosnia and Herzegovina at ceremony of Republican Party candidate Donald Trump, who won the presidential election in the US on November 8th.

On the other hand, rejection of the visa application of Milorad Dodik was viewed as a reaction to the separatist policies of the Bosnian Serb leader. In the course of the past few months, the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) Party, in which Dodik took the lead, declared that they planned to hold an independence referendum in 2018, arguing that the Serbian Republic, one of the two entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, should leave Bosnia.