Turkey to Focus on its Neighbors in Eastern Europe

Erdogan arrives in the Bosnian capital on Sunday,

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday has arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital Sarajevo on a working visit.

Erdogan is accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci, Minister of Youth and Sports Osman Askin Bak, Minister of Culture and Tourism Numan Kurtulmus, Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication Ahmet Arslan and Head of Religious Affairs Ali Erbas.

During the visit, Erdogan will hold a one-on-one meeting and inter-delegation talks with Bakir Izetbegovic, the Bosniak member of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The president will attend the sixth general assembly of the Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD) and will address students at the International University of Sarajevo, where an honorary doctorate will be awarded to the president.

During his meetings, the presidential press office said, Erdogan, will be discussing Turkey’s bilateral relations with Bosnia, the recent developments in the Balkans as well as regional and international matters.

‘Serbia and Turkey are building bridges of friendship’

Two weeks ago, The president of Serbia visited Turkey and met with Turkish president Erdogan in Ankara,

“There will be no more burning bridges” in bilateral ties, Aleksandar Vucic said during a meeting with Ismail Kahraman, Turkey’s parliament speaker. “We are building bridges.”

“We have narrowed the distance in relations between our countries via [Turkish President] Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts and display of policy of conciliation, we have strengthened and built friendship bridges,” he added, on the last day of a two-day visit.

Turkish leader of Parliament Ismail Kahraman welcomed Vucic and his delegation’s visit and said: “We truly have a friendship between us.”

The duo praised the outstanding relations between Turkey and Serbia, and Vucic said there are many other areas where the two countries could cooperate.

Kahraman also told the Serbian leader about the attack on parliament the night of July 15, 2016, defeated coup attempt by the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fethullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup, which martyred 250 people and injured nearly 2,200.