Turkish FM seeks 'zero problem' in Balkans region

Turkish FM Davutoglu said "we are beyond 'zero problem' with neighbors and we desire maximum cooperation and integration in the (Balkan) region".

Turkish FM seeks 'zero problem' in Balkans region

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday "we are beyond 'zero problem' with neighbors and we desire maximum cooperation and integration in the (Balkan) region".

Speaking at a joint press conference following a consultation meeting between Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, Davutoglu said that the foreign ministers of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia both praised Turkey's 'zero problem' policy with neighbors.

We are now beyond 'zero problem' with neighbors and we want maximum cooperation and integration in the region, Davutoglu stressed.

Pointing out that the consultation meetings of Turkey-Bosnia-Herzegovina-Croatia and Turkey-Bosnia-Herzegovina-Serbia were the only planned initiatives in the region, Davutoglu said that he was optimistic at the beginning and he was pleased with the progress made thanks to the consultation meetings.

"The Balkans must be a region of peace and stability. The region also happens to be our home. This trilateral format is the hope of the peoples of the region. At the beginning, we took steps to promote confidence building and we began obtaining results. The number of issues on which we have agreed continue to grow," Davutoglu said.

The next trilateral meeting will take place in Turkey in February, Davutoglu said.

Following the joint press conference, Davutoglu was received by the Serbian President Boris Tadic. Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic was present during the meeting between Davutoglu and Tadic.

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