Turkey, Croatia renew support for Bosnia

We have taken a decision today to hold a meeting among the heads of state and government of our respective countries, Davutoglu said.

Turkey, Croatia renew support for Bosnia

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday Turkey and Croatia were determined to continue international support for Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Bosnia-Herzegovina's Foreign Minister Sven Alkalaj and Croatia's Foreign Affairs and European Integration Minister Gordan Jandrokovic after a Trilateral meeting in Ankara, Davutoglu said that Turkey and Croatia will be on Bosnia's side at all international forums.

"We hosted a crucial meeting in Ankara today. It was a very helpful and long meeting," Davutoglu said.

Last December, our three countries had expressed a will to establish a trilateral consultation mechanism and the first meeting had taken place in Zagreb in January, Davutoglu said.

In Zagreb, we had taken decisions to support Bosnia and decisions for the trilateral cooperation. We held the second meeting of the trilateral mechanism on Wednesday. Within this trilateral mechanism, we made great efforts with Croatia so that Bosnia receives a membership perspective in NATO. I congratulate Bosnia-Herzegovina for receiving a membership perspective from NATO. I thank Croatia for extending strong support to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Davutoglu said.

My Bosnian and Croatian counterparts and I will hold a meeting every three months and the next meeting will take place in Sarajevo, Davutoglu said.

We have taken a decision today to hold a meeting among the heads of state and government of our respective countries, Davutoglu said.

We will continue to contribute to the development of relations between the three peoples of Bosnia. As the three ministers, we call on Bosnians, Serbs and Croatians living in Bosnia-Herzegovina to live in peace, Davutoglu said.

We have also taken a decision to formulate new projects to develop and re-construct Bosnia-Herzegovina, Davutoglu added.

"Extraordinary support"

Bosnia's Foreign Minister Sven Alkalaj said that he was very pleased to be in Turkey.

"Believe me, I feel very good to be here in Turkey," Alkalaj said.

We thank Turkey for its support extended to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Alkalaj said.

We are thankful to Turkey and Croatia for the "extraordinary support" extended to Bosnia's membership action plan in NATO, Alkalaj underlined.

Bosnia's unity and stability is crucial for regional stability and security. What has to take place in Bosnia is to facilitate peace among the (three) peoples living there, Alkalaj said.

"Supporting reforms in Bosnia"

Croatia's Foreign Affairs and European Integration Minister Gordan Jandrokovic said that today's meeting was not just any other meeting.

We have decided Wednesday to take important steps for peace and stability, Jandrokovic said.

Our three countries share identical notions for regional peace and stability. Permanent peace in the region depends on peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jandrokovic said.

Croatia will continue to support stability and territorial integrity of Bosnia-Herzegovina. We support the establishment of peace and security among the founding peoples in Bosnia. We also support the reforms in Bosnia. We will continue to extend support to Bosnia regarding the EU and NATO, Jandrokovic also said.



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