Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska, Zeljka Cvijanovic, attended the ceremony in the United States Congress in Washington on the occasion of marking the one hundredth anniversary of flying the Serbian flag in front of the White House organized by the Serbian-American caucus in the US Congress, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia to the United States and the Serbian Orthodox Church.
Prime Minister Cvijanović emphasized on this occasion that ceremonial celebration of the centenary of flying the Serbian flag in front of the White House was an opportunity to exchange views and opinions with representatives of the American administration on many current matters but also to highlight the position and relevance of the Republic of Srpska in the region.
Prime Minister Cvijanovic stated that the RS Government was willing and determined to build good relations with the United States and stressed that this ceremony was a good opportunity to recall the joint legacy shared by the two nations and that historic alliance of the Serbian and American people was confirmation that it was possible to build good partnership relations in the future.
On July 28, 1918, the Serbian flag was flown for the first time in front of the White House to express gratitude to the Serbian people and Serbian army for their contribution in the First World War. The then US President Woodrow Wilson issued a statement to the American people read in churches throughout the country and published in all influential daily newspapers while the Serbian flag was flown in front of the White House, as well as in all public institutions in the US capital.
In the US history, the flag of another country has been flown above the White House only twice – this honor was given only to Serbia and to France.
In addition to the ceremonial reception, which was at the same time a central event, this significant jubilee will be marked by a series of events held in the US capital until 28 July. Prime Minister Cvijanović will also attend a formal reception at Carnegie Institute of Science organized in her honor by the Republic of Srpska Representative Office in Washington D.C.
During the talks with Co-chair of the Republican National Committee, Bob Paduchik, in Washington, Republika Srpska Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic has stressed that the Srpska Government is open to cooperation with the United States.
“The Srpska Government is open to cooperation with the United States in all fields,” Cvijanovic has emphasized.
She has emphasized that allied relations from the past confirm that building a partnership in the future is possible too, adding that the expectations of the new US administration in this regard are high, the Public Relations Office of the Republika Srpska Government has announced.
Cvijanovic has expressed her hope that the lost time, in which stereotypes and unnecessary misunderstanding prevailed, will be compensated in the coming period.
The interlocutors jointly asserted the importance of holding upcoming BiH elections in a democratic atmosphere, without international factors’ interference, and that the peoples living in BiH themselves define their priorities, the statement reads.
Bob Paduchik was one of Donald Trump’s main strategists for presidential campaigns. Today, he is one of the most influential people in the Republican Party in the United States, and is also known as a good connoisseur of political developments in the Balkans, the statement reads.
During the talks with Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in Washington today, Republika Srpska Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic said that Srpska is committed to peace, regional cooperation and European integration, as well as to improving relations with all who want it and who see the Srpska Government as an equal partner.
Cvijanovic spoke with Rohrabacher about the political and economic situation in Republika Srpska and BiH, as well as security challenges in BiH and the region, the Public Relations Office of the Republika Srpska Government has announced.
She has underlined that the mutual respect and respect of the Dayton Constitution is the foundation for the functioning in BiH and that Srpska always emphasizes that, thanks to the decentralized structure of the state established by Dayton, the country is able to function in peace these years.
Cvijanovic and Rohrabacher exchanged views on terrorism as a global threat and potential security risk from the returnees from foreign battlefields to BiH, as well as the challenges countries area facing in terms of migration and the inflow of migrants into BiH.