Bosnian-Turkish relations are ‘rich’, says foreign minister


Belgrade, Serbia

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina described relations with Turkey as “rich, intensive and constantly improving”.

Bisera Turkovic met her Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in the capital Sarajevo on Wednesday.

Addressing a joint press conference after the meeting, Turkovic thanked Turkey for helping Bosnia and Herzegovina in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, especially for sending vaccines.

“We are all facing an unprecedented challenge, and only friends respond in case of a problem. Relations between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey are rich, intensive and constantly improving,” Turkovic said.

She added that the Bosnian Council of Ministers has decided to ratify the agreement with Turkey on cooperation in infrastructure and construction projects.

“We are now entering the phase of carrying out major joint projects, among which one of the most important is the construction of the Sarajevo-Belgrade highway with the support of the Turkish government,” Turkovic said.

“We believe that Turkey has a stabilizing and very constructive role in the region. Moreover, we believe that there is no stability and progress in the whole region without the progress and stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Turkey unequivocally supports not only the territorial integrity of Bosnia, but also our path towards membership of the Euro-Atlantic community. Turkey is one of our most important allies in cooperation with the NATO, “Turkovic said.

She said the economy was high on the discussion agenda. Other areas included: security, migration and culture.

Cavusoglu, for his part, said the meeting focused on how to further strengthen bilateral ties.

“I would like to say in particular that, as always, we will continue to support Bosnia and Herzegovina’s fight against COVID-19 in the coming period. Our bilateral trade volume has not decreased despite the pandemic. But there is. still a trade deficit in favor of Turkey. We will continue to work together to increase trade and balance it, “he said.

The Turkish Foreign Minister added that Turkey will always continue to stand by Bosnia and Herzegovina and its people without discrimination.

“We have provided as many vaccines as possible, our national vaccines will be launched soon. We will continue to support friendly and fraternal Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Cavusoglu said.

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