Minister discusses needs of Slovenians in Sarajevo with deputy mayor

Sarajevo, 14 March - Minister for Slovenians Abroad Helena Jaklitsch met Sarajevo Deputy Mayor Anja Margetić on the last day of her visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday to discuss the needs of the Slovenian community in Sarajavo. The pair also agreed to hold another meeting in Slovenia.

Helena Jaklitsch, minister for Slovenians abroad.
Photo: Bor Slana/STA

Jaklitsch and Margetić discussed the planned projects for the city, the Slovenian community in Sarajevo and its needs for bigger rooms for socialising, the Office for Slovenians Abroad said in a press release.

They agreed to hold another meeting at the Office for Slovenians Abroad.

Jaklitsch also attended Slovenian mass in Sarajevo on Sunday, which was celebrated by military chaplain of the Slovenian army Milan Pregelj.

She wrapped up her three-day visit to the Slovenian communities in Bosnia-Herzegovina in Tuzla, where she met representatives of the Slovenian community and a Slovenian teacher.

The head of the Slovenian association in Tuzla, Dragica Tesić, presented the activities of the association that will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year and is best known for its choir Slovenčice and its art section that will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.

The association also organises Slovenian classes for children and since 2014 also for adults, and plans to set up a music school this year.

The minister stressed the importance of preserving Slovenian and praised all those who are learning Slovenians and thus staying in contact with Slovenia.

According to Jaklitsch's office, the visit was important for keeping the Slovenian community in Bosnia connected to Slovenia and for better understanding of their situation, which will help plan work for the future.

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