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A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Summary

The United States recognized Bosnia and Herzegovina as an independent state on April 7, 1992, when the George H.W. Bush Administration announced the decision in a White House statement. Bosnia and Herzegovina had been a constituent part of Yugoslavia.

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Recognition

U.S. Recognition of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1992.

The United States recognized Bosnia and Herzegovina as an independent state on April 7, 1992, when the George H.W. Bush Administration announced the decision in a White House statement. Bosnia and Herzegovina had been a constituent part of Yugoslavia.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1992.

Diplomatic relations were established on August 6, 1992, when President George H.W. Bush announced the decision during remarks to the press.

Establishment of the American Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1992.

Victor Jackovich presented his credentials as American Ambassador on June 23, 1993; however, a physical American Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina was not established until November 10, 1993, on the premises of the American Embassy in Vienna, Austria. The American Embassy in Sarajevo was established on July 4, 1994, with Jackovich as Ambassador.

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