Thursday, March 27, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (March 27,2008) – The Bosnian President Haris Silajdzic and members of the Bosnian State Presidency Zeljko Komsic and Nebojsa Radmanovic met in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo with the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.They discussed relations between Bosnia and Turkey and emphasized that political relations between the two countries are good, and that there is enough of space for a better cooperation in the sector of economy and trade.

It has been emphasized that the cooperation in the sector of defence and culture should be continued.

The Turkish Prime Minister stated that Turkish entrepreneurs are encouraged to invest in Bosnia and that it is one of his personal tasks. He also expressed pleasure that he is in a visit to friendly Bosnia, which is important for Turkey as a multiethnic country and it is the best example of the meeting of civilizations and an example of unity in plurality.

”We are of the opinion that Bosnia is extremely important for peace and future of the entire Balkans and it is something that can positively reflect on the country’s future”, the Turkish Prime Minister stated. He confirmed full support of Turkey to Bosnia’s Euro-Atlantic association processes.

They also talked about the projects in Bosnia that are in need of Turkish support. Some of them are reconstruction of the Ferhadija Mosque, completion of the Konjic Old Bridge reconstruction, the Mehmed Pasha Sokolovic Bridge which has been made a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, and other projects.

The Bosnian President Haris Silajdzic stated that Bosnia and Turkey have been historically connected in the past, present and will be in the future.

Members of the Bosnian Presidency thanked the Turkish Prime Minister for everything Turkey has done for Bosnia, since the declaration of independence, as well as for all the future support of the friendly country.

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