Turkey's transportation minister attended a ceremony in Istanbul to welcome Balkan Express which returned to Turkey after visiting Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Greece initiated jointly by Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) and Turkish State Railways.
Delivering a speech in the ceremony, Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said that Balkan Express which toured nine countries completed its journey successfully.
"It is a very important project. Balkans and the region's history were promoted to our country, nation and youth," he said.
Yildirim said that Turkish State Railways' high speed train was the 8th high speed rail service in world and the 6th in Europe.
Prominent names of national newspaper and television channels were on board the train that visited 22 Balkan cities in 50 days.