World Bulletin/News Desk
Political consultations between the foreign ministries of Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina focusing on bilateral ties and cooperation between the two with regard to regional issues are starting in İstanbul on Wednesday.
The consultations will take place between Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu and Bosnian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ana Triši-Babic according to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
The main issues of discussion during the consultations will be bilateral ties between the nations, as well as the latest developments in the Balkans, Bosnia's bid to join the EU and Euro-Atlantic institutions and the current process of tripartite consultations between Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, the statement also said.
The tripartite consultation mechanism between the countries was established on a Turkish initiative in October 2009, with the aim of normalizing ties between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia as well as assessing developments related to the Balkan territories. The eighth and latest meeting of the mechanism took place in Sarajevo earlier this month, and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was in attendance.
The mechanism has made concrete progress with regard to the strengthening of peace and stability in the Balkans, including the appointment of an ambassador from Bosnia to Belgrade, the acceptance by the Serbian parliament of a resolution condemning the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and the institutionalization of the tripartite consultation mechanism.
Turkey is conducting an active policy in the reconciliation process among several nations in the Balkans, paving the way for nations in the region to enhance diplomatic exchanges and send mutually positive, political messages. Turkey is also supporting the EU and NATO accession bids of the states in the Balkans.Last Mod: 22 Mayıs 2013, 10:31