Bosnia and Herzegovina–Indonesia relations
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina–Indonesia relations refers to the bilateral relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Indonesia. Bosnia and Herzegovina has an embassy in Jakarta, while Indonesia has an embassy in Sarajevo. The bilateral relations was initially motivated by humanity and religious solidarity. As a nation with the largest Muslim population, Indonesians was shocked by the ethnic cleansing against Muslim Bosniaks during Bosnian War, and promptly organize and mobilize helps. Indonesian support for Bosnia and Herzegovina ranged from collecting donations, sending peacekeeping forces under United Nations, to building a mosque.
The diplomatic ties between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Indonesia began on 20 May 1992, when Indonesia recognize Bosnia and Herzegovina following the breakup of Yugoslavia. Indonesia also contributed to peace and security efforts by sending peacekeeping troops in the country from 1992-1996 under United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR). Indonesian military observers contingent was led by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, then a brigadier general, was chief military observer under UNPROFOR in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995–1996. The government of Bosnia and Herzegovina established their embassy in Jakarta in 1998. In the period 1994-2010 Indonesian interest on Bosnia and Herzegovina was conducted through Indonesian embassy in Budapest, and finally established Indonesian embassy in Sarajevo on 10 November 2010. In 2001, Indonesia help to built one of Sarajevo’s largest mosques, the Istiqlal Mosque, inaugurated by Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs on September 2001.
High level visits
Indonesian President Suharto visited Sarajevo on March 1995. A delegation of MPR Indonesian Parliament visited Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2000. Indonesian Minister of Religious Affair Said Agil Al Munawar visited Sarajevo to inaugurate the Indonesian-aided Istiqlal Mosque in Sarajevo in September 2001. President Megawati Soekarnoputri also visited Sarajevo in September 2002. On December 2004 Foreign Minister Mladen Ivanic visited Indonesia. In 15–16 March 2007 Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hassan Wirajuda visited Sarajevo.
Trade and investment
Bilateral trade between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Indonesia are quite minimal, only stood at US$1.5 million in 2008. Indonesia mostly exports cacao, furniture, wheat and wheat products, wood and carpet; while imports electrical products, machines and mechanical equipment from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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