Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday that the Balkan countries could not forget what they lived but that they needed to have a vision that focused on the future.
Speaking at the American University in Sarajevo as part of his trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Davutoglu said that everyone had to take lessons from the Balkan war 100 years ago and make the year 2012 the beginning of a new century in the Balkans.
I consider Bosnia-Herzegovina my family and that is why I wanted to be here during the Ramadan Feast. My visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina is an indication of what Turkey and the Turkish people feel about Bosnia-Herzegovina, Davutoglu said.
Turkey is a part of the Balkans. It is important to create a new Balkans in which cooperation, economic welfare, peace and stability are at the forefront, Davutoglu said.
Meanhwile, Davutoglu on Monday held talks with the leaders of political parties and other dignitaries in Sarajevo.
Minister Davutoglu met with the leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Zlatko Lagumdzija, at the residence of the Turkish Embassy in Sarajevo.
Davutoglu's meeting with Lagumdzija took place behind closed doors.
Davutoglu later met with the European Union's (EU) High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina Valentin Inzko.
Minister Davutoglu attended a fast-breaking dinner hosted by the Bosnian member of the BiH Presidency Bakir Izetbegovic on Monday.
Turkish Foreign Minister met his Bosnian counterpart Sven Alkalaj in Sarajevo on Monday.
Davutoglu's meeting with Alkalaj lasted close to half an hour and took place behind closed doors. The two ministers discussed Turkey-Bosnia-Herzegovina relations and regional issues.
Following his meeting with Alkalaj, Davutoglu met with the leader of Bosnian SDA political party, Sulejman Tihic, at the residence of the Turkish Embassy in Sarajevo.
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