President of Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik applied for a regular visa at the US Embassy in Sarajevo on Tuesday.
“For procedural reasons, I applied for a diplomatic visa at an earlier date, but my application was rejected with an explanation that I didn’t represent the bodies of Bosnia and Herzegovina and that that was the reason I couldn’t be issued a visa, which, by the way, I used to get regularly,” Dodik pointed out.
He told reporters in Istocno Sarajevo that he had applied for a regular visa on Tuesday and said he was certain he would get one within a day or two in order to be able to travel to Washington in the second half of January and attend certain ceremonies regarding the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump.
“People started speculating about this even before any kind of news about it was confirmed. Those who challenge this are doing it for their own reasons. In any case, I am grateful to my friends who are close to US President Trump for sending me the invitation,” said Dodik.
He says he has high hopes that his application will be granted as he believes that the policy he pursues adheres to the letter of the Dayton Peace Accords.
“As a man representing Republika Srpska, I believe that the policy I pursue has been to adhere to the letter of the Dayton Peace Accords and we haven’t abandoned such efforts,” said the Srpska president.