Bakir Izetbegovic, Member of the Presidency of BiH : “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Senator John McCain. Bosnia and Herzegovina and its people have lost a great friend who firmly stood with us in the decisive moments of a fight for survival. We will never forget his friendship. In the name of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and me personally, I am expressing condolences to the family of Senator McCain and the American people” (Office of Bakir Izetbegovic)

Denis Zvizdic, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of BiH:

Ajla Delkic, President of the Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina: “When he passed, the United States lost a hero and Bosnia and Herzegovina lost a friend. He was very supportive of BiH’s NATO integration and understood that the U.S. had to play a pivotal role in helping Bosnia counter Russian encroachment. He warned that we ignored this region of the world at our own peril. His leadership will be missed.” 

Abdulah Skaka, Mayor of Sarajevo: “Senator John McCain was a great friend of BiH. His death came as a shock to all of us, but we are proud to had him on our side.Senator McCain called things as they were and searched for a fair solution even back then. His contribution in the great help that the American people provided to people of BiH was much appreciated” (Sarajevo Times). Mayor Skaka is looking to start an initiative for permanent memory of John McCain in BiH’s capital.

Senator John McCain’s statement on trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina: “I would like to express my appreciation to the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina for their hospitality during my visit.

On my travels throughout Southeastern Europe, I have been delivering a clear message: the United States’ commitment to a Europe whole, free, and at peace remains ironclad. Stability and prosperity in Bosnia and Herzegovina play an important role in the success of this vision.

In my meetings with the Presidency and members of the Council of Ministers, I expressed my appreciation for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s contributions to our common security, including in Afghanistan, the counter-ISIS coalition, and counterterrorism cooperation. These contributions, as well as the significant progress made on defense reform, argue for activation of the NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) for Bosnia and Herzegovina as soon as possible.” (Full statement at the Office of John McCain)

Senator John McCain’s memories from Bosnia and Herzeogvina: