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Nurkic receives diplomatic passport from Bosnia and Herzegovina, an honor he's proud of

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Earlier this month, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bisera Turkovic presented diplomatic passports to the top basketball players of Bosnia and Herzegovina with Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic and Brooklyn Nets wing Dzanan Musa receiving passports.

According to Bosnian publication the Sarajevo Times, in the Minister of Foreign Affairs’ address, Turkovic described the success of Nurk and Musa and the country's gratitude. 

”We are proud of their results,” said Turkovic. “They have shown that hard work can make a world result. Today, they play in the strongest league in the world – the NBA and always proudly point out that they come from BiH. They are a role model for many children in BiH who are starting their first sports steps. Therefore, I used only my right to award them diplomatic passports.”

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Per CNBC, 'the first and foremost advantage of having a diplomatic passport is that it is proof that the holder enjoys diplomatic immunity and identifies an honorary consul to the authorities of the host country.'

Nurkic, who returned from his gruesome leg injury during the NBA restart in Orlando, Florda averaging 17.6 points and 10.3 rebounds, explained how he never thought he would receive such an honor from his country.   

When I left the small town of Svojata, I never dreamed that I would get something from the state. But anything is possible, even to get from Svojat to the NBA league. The passport will make my travels much easier and I am grateful to Minister Turkovic for that.

Jusuf Nurkic told the Sarajevo Times
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