Mayor Skaka received the Ambassador of IR Iran Mr. Heidari

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka and his associates received today the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Mahmoud Heidari, who congratulated him on his election as the Mayor of Sarajevo.

He assessed that the recent signing of the Sister City Agreement between Sarajevo and Tehran in the Iranian capital city was a confirmation of the traditional friendship between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Islamic Republic of Iran, and marked the establishment and strengthening of cooperation between the capital cities of the two countries.

“We believe that during your term of office we will be witnesses of the establishment of intense links between the capital cities of our two countries, and that we will get to know each other even better and make use of mutual experiences”, stressed the Ambassador Heidari and thanked the Sarajevo City Administration on their support in organizing the cultural event “The Days of Iranian Culture in Sarajevo”, held at the City Hall in February. On that occasion citizens and guests had the chance to attend the concert of traditional Iranian music and look at the exhibition of Iranian artists.


Ambassador Heidari invited Mayor Skaka to attend the Summit of the Mayors of Islamic World Capitals which is taking place at the end of April in the Iranian city of Mashhad, which was elected for the cultural capital of the Islamic World in 2017. The best practices and sustainable solutions in the fields such as town planning, transportation, energy savings, environmental protection, rights of citizens, tourism and waste management will be presented at the Summit.

Mayor Skaka affirmed the mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries IR Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina and their peoples, as well as the two cities Sarajevo and Tehran.

“We are interested in the continuation of cooperation in the field of culture, tourism, and for determining specific steps of future relations and projects, which would be implemented to the mutual benefit of our citizens” said the Mayor.

Mayor Skaka used this opportunity to kindly ask the Ambassador to extend the invitation to the Mayor of Tehran to visit the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Skaka and Janković met in Ljubljana

Mayor Skaka was on an official visit to Ljubljana on invitation by Mayor Zoran Janković. At the working meeting the mayors of Ljubljana and Sarajevo discussed the improvement of relations between the two cities, particularly in the field of urban infrastructure.In that regard, they agreed on the cooperation and exchange of experiences in the field of utility services and public transport, since Ljubljana’s good practices are used by many advanced countries.

Mayor Janković emphasized that the City of Ljubljana is ready to share its experiences particularly in the field of waste separation which starts at the door step, and which in turn enhances the concept of green economy and for which Ljubljana was last year given the title green capital of Europe.


“We have a lot of ideas which could improve and make every day life in Sarajevo more comfortable. We consider the openness of the City of Ljubljana to assist us with the implementation of these ideas as a great advantage. Through this type of cooperation we get to know each other, exchange best practices and learn from each other” stressed Mayor Skaka.

They also agreed to cooperate in the field of culture. It is particularly worth mentioning the way in which Ljubljana solved the issue of reconstruction of buildings of historical and cultural importance, by giving them additional modern dimension instead of just reconstructing them.


It was concluded in the meeting that there are a great number of positive practices that can be applied by both sides and that the sharing of experiences is important for speeding up certain processes.

In the forthcoming period a street named after Sarajevo should be opened in Ljubljana, and a Delegation from the City of Ljubljana will attend the marking of April 6th – the Day of the City of Sarajevo.

Sarajevo and Moscow established special relations

The Mayor of the City of Sarajevo Mr. Abdulah Skaka received today the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to BiH, H.E. Petr Ivancov, who congratulated him on his appointment as the Mayor of the City of Sarajevo.

The Ambassador Ivancov informed Mayor Skaka that the Central District of the City of Moscow expressed a desire to establish special relations with the City of Sarajevo. This idea was accepted by both sides and they agreed that formal negotiations between the two cities should start as soon as possible.


The Mayor Skaka pointed out that the City of Sarajevo is open for cooperation with Moscow, through the implementation of cultural, sport, educational and other projects.  “The friendly relation between Sarajevo and Moscow is an indication that Russia is an important partner of BiH” said the Mayor Skaka.

In that regard, the Mayor Skaka suggested that the concert of Moscow Symphony Orchestra should be held in the City Hall in order that the City of Moscow could present itself in Sarajevo.  The Ambassador Ivancov enthusiastically accepted this proposal, and expressed his wish for Russian films to be shown at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Furthermore, they agreed on the visit of a Russian journalist who is coming to Sarajevo to write an article about the BiH capital, and in that way present the beauty, life and traditions of our city as an increasingly more popular tourist destination in the region.

As for the cooperation in the field of education, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation stressed that the Embassy is currently providing scholarships for around 60 students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, by financing master’s and doctoral studies as well as non-formal education.

The Mayor of the City of Sarajevo, Mr. Abdulah Skaka received the Ambassador of Austria to BiH

The Mayor of the City of Sarajevo Mr. Abdulah Skaka received today in the City Hall, the Ambassador of Austria to BiH, who congratulated him on his appointment as the Mayor of the City of Sarajevo. During the meeting, they talked about the current cooperation between Sarajevo and Austrian cities, as well as plans for the future.

The Ambassador Pammer suggested that the Embassy of Austria organizes for the first time the Viennese Ball in Sarajevo, more precisely in the City Hall, one of the most beautiful and the most representative buildings from the Austro-Hungarian period in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


 “Through cultural events we want to participate in improving the image of Sarajevo”, pointed out the Ambassador and expressed his wish for the Viennese Ball, which would bring together numerous guests from political, public and cultural life, to become a traditional event in the Capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Mayor Skaka welcomed the readiness of the Embassy of Austria to organize such a grand social event, especially since Austria is considered to be the county of balls.

Mayor Skaka and Ambassador Ogawa expressed the need for concrete cooperation between Sarajevo and Hiroshima in the field of culture, tourism and waste management

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka had a meeting today with the Ambassador of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Kazuya Ogawa, who congratulated him on his election as Mayor of Sarajevo. Skaka used this opportunity to thank the government and friendly people of Japan, who played an important role in the post-war reconstruction of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina as one of the greatest bilateral donors.


Mayor Skaka and Ambassador Ogawa expressed their pleasure at the establishment of friendly relations between Sarajevo and Hiroshima:

“It is our wish that the signed Declaration on the exchange of experiences between the two cities be put into operation as soon as possible and we wish to initiate the implementation of agreed ways of cooperation in the areas of management and recycling of waste, culture and tourism”, stressed the Mayor of Sarajevo.

Skaka expressed readiness of this city administration to provide everything that is necessary, according to its ability, for the organisation of “Days of Japan in Sarajevo”, which would bring the culture of this friendly nation closer to the citizens of BiH capital.


On this occasion, Ambassador Ogawa invited the Mayor of Sarajevo to attend the 9th General Conference of Mayors for Peace which is taking place from 7 to 10 August in Nagasaki, in view of the fact that Sarajevo is a member of the international association “Mayors for Peace” which promotes the initiative for total ban on nuclear weapons by 2020.

Ambassador of Palestine and Mayor Skaka discussed the organisation of an exhibition of paintings by Palestinian visual artists in Sarajevo

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka held a reception for the Ambassador of Palestine to Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Razeq Namoor and first secretary of the Embassy Mohammed Hammad. They reflected on the log lasting friendship and successful cooperation to date between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Palestine, stressing that there is a great mutual understanding due to the similarities between the two countries.


Ambassador Namoor informed the Mayor of Sarajevo about the current difficult situation that the Palestinian people are going through.

Both sides expressed readiness for improvement of cooperation in different fields through specific projects, whereby Ambassador Namoor suggested holding an exhibition by world-famous visuals artists from Palestine in Sarajevo and other Bosnian and Herzegovinian cities in the forthcoming period.


Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality delegation paid a visit to the White Fortress and the medical association „BIMA“ in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka received today the members of the Delegation of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, headed by Ismail Hakki Turunç, Advisor to Mayor. They discussed the specific support of Istanbul, the sister city of Sarajevo, in the field of water supply, disposal and recycling of waste, and assistance to socially disadvantaged people.


Following the reception at the City Hall, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality delegation accompanied by Mayor Skaka toured the White Fortress, considering that the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality expressed readiness to assist the reconstruction of this valuable cultural-historic monument, during the visit of Mayor Kadir Topbaş to Sarajevo last September.



Representatives of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality have brought with them the preliminary design of the White Fortress, and suggested that a team of experts from Sarajevo pays a visit to Istanbul to develop an action plan for reconstruction of this complex.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Delegation used this opportunity to visit the Medical Association “BIMA”. They promised to provide assistance for reconstruction of the premises of this Association at 4 Bakarevića Street, which has been providing free primary health care to people without health insurance, most of whom are refugees – displaced people who returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina.


“The rooms which need renovation would consist of three multipurpose clinics for children, women and internist examinations, and a surgery, laboratory and pharmacy”, stressed the Association’s president Faris Fočo, Ph.D.

Mayor Abdulah Skaka received the Slovene Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka received today the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Iztok Grmek, who congratulated him on his election. During the meeting they discussed the existing cooperation between Sarajevo and Slovene cities, as well as plans for the future. Culture and sport were identified as most important fields for implementing joint activities.


Ambassador Grmek suggested that Slovene Embassy organizes an exhibition on Jožef Plečnik, one of the most famous Slovene architects who designed some of the most beautiful European buildings. It was agreed that the exhibition should be put up at the City Hall during the event „Days of architecture“ in Sarajevo in May.

Stressing the importance of continuation of good cooperation and relations between two friendly cities, Mayor Skaka asked the Ljubljana City Administration for assistence in possible application to EU funds due to their considerable experience.


Izetbegović and Skaka hosted the President of Montenegro during the tour of the old town

Member of BiH Presidency Bakir Izetbegović and Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka were hosts of the President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović, who was on a two-day official visit to our country, during the walk through the old town today.

posjeta Staroj pravoslavnoj crkvi

(visit to the Old Orthodox Church)

posjeta Gazi Husrev-begovoj džamiji

(visit to Gazi- Husrev Bey’s mosque)

According to the official protocol, the walk with the President of Montenegro spanned from Zmajevac belvedere to the Jewish old Temple.

posjeta Katedrali Srce Isusovo

(visit to Cathedral of Jesus’ Sacred Heart)

Following the visit to Zmajevac, the most popular panoramic view of Sarajevans, and the guests and tourists of the city, Vujanović, together with his hosts went on a tour of the old Orthodox church of Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Gazi Husrev Bey’s mosque, Cathedral of Jesus’ Sacred Heart and the Old Temple – BiH Jewish Museum.

posjeta Starom jevrejskom hramu

(visit to the Old Jewish Temple)

During the walk through the old town, the hosts acquainted Vujanović with the old city centre and the picturesque example of the blend of the east and west and a testimony to the centuries-old coexistence in Sarajevo.

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