Bosnia expels two Iranian diplomats (Jerusalem Post, April 28, by Benjamin Weinthal)
Minister of security declares Iranian embassy secretaries “persona non grata”; unclear involvement in past terrorist plots.

…A Serbian-language paper in Sarajevo, Voice of Serbia, reported on Friday that Bosnia’s Security Ministry sent a request to the Foreign Ministry to expel the second- and third-ranking diplomats at the Iranian Embassy in Sarajevo.

Israeli intelligence officials apparently warned Bosnian officials about an “unnamed Iranian diplomat” who was present in Thailand, Georgia and India, where Israelis faced terrorist attacks in 2011.

The diplomats, Hamzeh Dolab Ahmad and Jadidi Sohrab, the second and third secretaries at the embassy, appear to work for the Ministry of Intelligence and National Security of the Islamic Republic of Iran (MISIRI).

Fahrudin Radoncic, minister of security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, declared the Iranians persona non grata because their conduct violated diplomatic rules…It is unclear if either of the Iranian diplomats was involved in the terrorist plots against Israelis in Thailand, Georgia and India.

The Bosnian paper wrote that “according to unofficial information,” Ahmad and Sohrab were members of the Iranian secret intelligence and were connected to terrorist activities in Bosnia.

In a lengthy article on the website of World Affairs in the January/February edition, Gordon N. Bardos wrote that last August, “the American and British ambassadors to Sarajevo reportedly warned Bosnian officials to cut their ties to Iran, and a former international high representative in Bosnia publicly lectured the Bosnians about how their future lay with the European Union, not with Tehran.

[Good thing they have the West to assure them of which way they’re facing — toward Mecca or toward the West.]

The motive for such actions became clear in September when the Sarajevo newspaper Dnevni Avaz claimed that pro-Iranian factions in the Bosnian government were reactivating para-intelligence cells tied to the Islamist regime of the late Bosnian leader Alija Izetbegovic.”

[While “Islamist regime” is mentioned casually, remember that this correct notion is still kept out of, and alien to, the American mind.]

According to Bardos’s report, the news magazine Slobodna Bosna reported that “200 Iranian ‘businessmen’ had been granted visas to enter Bosnia in the first six months of 2012 along with an unnamed Iranian diplomat whom Israeli intelligence officials have tracked in Thailand, Georgia and India – all places in which Israeli citizens have been attacked in the last year.”

[So 200 Iranian “businessmen” entered Bosnia last year in the ongoing Bosniran phenomenon, in a resurgently Izetbegovic-esque Bosnia, whose son was elected president in 2010.]


Bangkok: Iranian man throws bomb at police; 5 hurt
‘Link found to Thailand-India-Georgia bombs’

More on the Bosniran phenomenon, from last December:

Iran, Bosnia Stress Promotion of Bilateral Trade Ties

TEHRAN (FNA)- Bosnia Ambassador to Iran Amir Haji Kadonich and Head of Iran-Bosnia and Herzegovina Parliamentary Friendship Group Mohammad Hassan Asafari in a meeting explored expansion of the two countries’ cooperation in economic and trade spheres.

During the meeting in Tehran on Tuesday, Asafari stressed the strong will of the Iranian and Bosnian officials to promote mutual cooperation, and said, “Increasing reciprocal visits by the nationals, traders, private sectors and officials of the two countries will boost and consolidate the friendly relations between the two states.”

He further called on Iran and Bosnia to use their potentials to expand the volume of their bilateral trade and economic exchanges.

Kadonich, for his part, said, “Bosnian lawmakers, specially members of Bosnia and Herzegovina-Iran Parliamentary Friendship Group, are determined to expand all-out and friendly relations with Iran.”

Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina have made abundant efforts to develop their bilateral relations and mutual cooperation in recent years.

In May, 2010, Iranian and Bosnian officials signed several memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on economic cooperation at the end of the first meeting of the two countries’ joint economic commission in Sarajevo.

The agreements included mutual cooperation between the two countries’ chambers of commerce as well as cooperation in the different fields of transportation and communication, banking and insurance, industry, tourism, standard, agriculture, science and technology, and health.

The two countries also agreed to form a strategic committee, which will hold biannual meetings in the two countries in rotation, to ensure implementation of the MoUs.