Europeans will one day understand Turkey is a part of solution and not a problem, says Bosnian President Izetbegovic
Bosniak member of the Bosnian Presidency Bakir Izetbegovic said Friday that European leaders will one day understand that Turkey was a part of the solution and not a problem in Europe.
Speaking to the AA after holding talks in Brussels with EU officials, President Izetbegovic said that his first trip abroad after assuming the post of president was to Brussels.
I wanted my first trip to be to Brussels in order to give a strong message that Bosnia-Herzegovina was determined to become an EU member, Izetbegovic noted.
It is my firm belief that Bosnia-Herzegovina will apply to the EU to become a candidate in the shortest time possible. This would be an important step in our EU journey, Izetbegovic underlined.
EU membership will bring permanent stability to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Our very painful past should not be forgotten. The EU should not look at us as just an ordinary country. They need to help us more, Izetbegovic stated.
We expect to become an EU member by 2020, Izetbegovic said.
Touching on Turkey's EU membership, President Izetbegovic said that European leaders will one day understand that Turkey was a part of the solution and not a problem.
The EU should not be a Christian club. If they do accept Muslims, they would have done a good job. There must be a place in Europe for Christians, Muslims and Jews, Izetbegovic said.
Many leaders in the Arab world want to progress as Turkey did. Turkey has shown that it is possible to be economically and politically successful by preserving religion and culture, Izetbegovic stressed.
On the development of Bosnia-Herzegovina, President Izetbegovic said that they needed to bring down political tension in order to solve economic problems.
We need to create a positive political atmosphere so as to attract foreign investors, Izetbegovic said.
President Izetbegovic made a call on Turkish businesspeople to come and invest in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
I want Turkish businesspeople to know that they would be welcomed if they decided to invest in our country, Izetbegovic also said.
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