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Serb leader says Joe Biden congratulated him on ‘non-holiday'

Added 11-24-22 01:37:04pm EST - “US President Joe Biden reportedly congratulated Bosnian Serb President Milorad Dodik on a holiday his people boycott” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Serb leader says Joe Biden congratulated him on ‘non-holiday’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

US President Joe Biden congratulated Bosnian Serb President Milorad Dodik on a holiday his people boycott. Arguing that only Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Muslim population celebrate Statehood Day, Dodik accused Biden of attempting to humiliate his people.

Speaking at a press conference in Belgrade, Dodik accused Biden of stoking division within Bosnia and Herzegovina by sending greetings to the country ahead of its Statehood Day on November 25. 

“I don't know what I would call it and all the employees of the US embassy know that November 25 is not a holiday in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” he said, according to local media. Dodik added that he viewed Biden’s message as an attempt to humiliate Bosnian Serbs, as only Bosnian Muslims celebrate the day.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, often shortened to BiH, is made up of two entities: the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Republika Srpska. The former is more than two-thirds Bosnian Muslim, with Croats accounting for 20% of the population and Serbs a minority at 2.5%. The latter is more than 82% Serbian.

Power in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is shared by a representative of each ethnic group, while Dodik was elected President of Republika Srpska earlier this month. 

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