World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called for the protection of the unity of Bosnia & Herzegovina.
"I have request from all Bosnians and Herzegovinians, please do not split up. Be one and be strong," Erdogan told reporters following his meeting with members of the country's presidential council as part of his visit in Sarajevo.
Erdogan said Bosnian & Herzegovina had a "special place in the hearts of Turkish people," adding that Turkey and Bosnian & Herzegovina had perfect political, military, economic and cultural relations.
Erdogan said trade volume between the two countries stood around 400 million USD, adding that the current level of trade ties was not satisfactory.
"But soon our bilateral trade figures will be in billions of dollars and euros," Erdogan added.
Erdogan said he had invited members of the presidential council to Turkey together with businesspeople to discuss ways to boost Turkey's investments in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Erdogan said Turkey had extended to Bosnia & Herzegovina 100 million euro in loan, adding that Turkey would continue to support Bosnia & Herzegovina in all fields.
Also speaking to reporters, Bosniak member of the presidential council, Bakir Izetbegovic, said that Turkey had a strong economic development "and we would like to be part it."
Izetbegovic said Turkey supported Bosnia & Herzegovina in its bid to join NATO and the European Union, adding that his country was grateful for the Turkish support.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan and Energy Minister Taner Yildiz also attended the meeting.