World Buleltin / News Desk
The Trilateral Summit of Turkey-Bosnia-Herzegovina-Serbia began in Istanbul on Saturday, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Bosnia-Herzegovina's President Haris Silajdzic and Serbian President Boris Tadic, as well as foreign ministers of the three countries are attending the summit at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace.
After the summit, participants of the gathering are expected to hold a joint press conference.
Earlier in the week, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said an upcoming summit meeting of the Turkish, Serbian and Bosnian presidents in Turkey would be a major event for the Balkans.
"Saturday's summit meeting in Istanbul will be an important step for the Balkans and it will present a very important picture for the region," Davutoglu told reporters on Wednesday after a meeting with EU's enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule in Brussels.
Davutoglu said "positive developments" between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia would lead the way for lasting stability in the Balkans, adding that Turkey had always attached great importance to the region.