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Erdogan urges Bosnia & Herzegovina to preserve unity
Erdogan urges Bosnia & Herzegovina to preserve unity

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.

 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.



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Press agenda on February 19
Press agenda on February 19

Here are the main topics World Bulletin’s English Desk plans to cover Sunday Feb. 19, 2017 (coverage may change depending on developing/breaking stories): BAGHDAD Iraqi forces launch an offensive on jihadists defending Mosul's west bank, in what could be the most brutal fighting yet in a four-month-old operation on the city. 700 words 0530 GMT by Ammar Karim and Jean-Marc Mojon US-militant-Egypt-prison,2ndlead WASHINGTON The sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, an Egyptian-born cleric linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, dies at 78 in a US prison facility after a long battle with diabetes and coronary artery disease. 650 words moved by Maggy Donaldson. File Picture Ukraine-Russia-conflict,WRAP MOSCOW A truce between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine will come into force Monday, Moscow and Kiev say, though some separatists are already labelling it unfeasible. 500 words moved by Anais Llobet Entertainment-film-festival-Germany,WRAP BERLIN Hungary's "On Body and Soul", a love story set in a slaughterhouse, wins the Golden Bear top prize at the Berlin film festival, Europe's first major cinema showcase of the year. 700 words moved by Deborah Cole. Picture. Video Also moved: Entertainment-film-festival-Germany-prizes,FACTS Entertainment-film-festival-Germany,POINTS Entertainment-film-festival-Germany-winners,CHRONO -- ASIA -- NKorea-Malaysia-diplomacy-community,SCENE KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's only North Korean restaurant promises a glimpse into life in the reclusive state but it has been shuttered since news broke of the assassination of leader Kim Jong-Un's brother, with security guards turning customers away. 650 words 0600 GMT by Elizabeth Law. Picture. Video -- AMERICAS -- US-politics-Trump-Melania,lead MELBOURNE, Florida First Lady Melania Trump, usually a demure and soft-spoken presence at her husband's side, breaks with form, reciting the Lord's Prayer before issuing a scathing rebuke of his enemies and her critics at a campaign-style stop in Florida. 600 words moved by Michael Mathes with Stephanie Griffith in Washington. Picture. Video. US-media-politics-technology WASHINGTON As President Donald Trump warns of a crackdown on US government leaks to media, interest is growing in technology tools that allow sources to share information anonymously. 750 words moved by Rob Lever Venezuela-politics-opposition-US CARACAS Venezuela and the United States lock horns again over political prisoners held by Caracas, including over the detention of a jailed opposition leader whose supporters took to the streets of the capital to demand his release.