“Croatian Member of European Parliament Tonino Picula has said that ignoring the presence of Wahhabis and other radical Islamist groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) can only lead to making them stronger and pose a threat first and foremost to Bosniaks, in a conversation for Sarajevo’s Daily Avaz on Monday.

“Minimizing the problem of Wahhabis and other Salafi groups in the country, which have radicalism as the common denominator, can only produce a counter-effect, the strengthening of such groups,” Picula said. He arrives in BiH on Tuesday with a European Parliament delegation.

He was commenting on a statement by  Croatian MEP Marijana Petir about the threats of radical Islamist groups and the influence of Saudi Arabia, after which he received a large number of threats and pressures.” (translated from N1)