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Newsline: French ambassador in Bosnia summoned over Macron’s ‘time bomb’ remark

Bosnia’s presidency summoned the French ambassador on Friday to protest over President Emmanuel Macron’s comment that the country is a “time bomb” due to returning Islamist fighters. Macron, commenting on France’s refusal to support the start of negotiations for European Union accession with North Macedonia and Albania, said a real concern for the EU was Bosnia. “If you’re concerned about this region, the first question is neither North Macedonia nor Albania, it’s Bosnia-Herzegovina, the time-bomb that’s ticking right next to Croatia, and which faces the problem of returning jihadists,” Macron said in an interview with British weekly The Economist published on Thursday. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bosnia-macron-reaction/french-ambassador-in-bosnia-summoned-over-macrons-time-bomb-remark-idUSKBN1XI250) Zeljko Komsic, a Croat who currently chairs Bosnia’s inter-ethnic presidency, summoned Ambassador Guillaume Rousson and informed him about the numbers of foreign fighters and Bosnia’s efforts to counter terrorism, the presidency said in a statement. He also invited Macron to visit Bosnia. Macron’s comments prompted angry reactions among Bosnian Muslims who make up a half of the population.

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