Sri Lanka and the former Republic of Yugoslavia enjoyed close diplomatic relations for years based on their commitment to the principles of non-alignment. While the Republic of Yugoslavia was dissolved in the early 1990s, the six independents states that were set up after its breakup continue to share close ties with Sri Lanka. Among these is Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose newly-appointed Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Muhamed Čengić, is keen to build on the solid foundation on which the two countries forged and enjoyed cordial relations for decades. Ambassador Čengić, who is accredited to Sri Lanka while being based in New Delhi, India, was in Colombo to present his credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena last week. He spoke his plans to further strengthen ties between the two countries during his three-year stint as Ambassador.