Turkish FM says Balkans should become basin of peace

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is currently in Kosovo as part of his tour in the Balkans, met with the country's Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj in Pristina.

Turkish FM says Balkans should become basin of peace

The Turkish foreign minister said on Friday that Turkey believed the Balkans should be turned into a basin of peace.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is currently in Kosovo as part of his tour in the Balkans, met with the country's Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj in Pristina.

Appearing at a joint press conference with Hoxhaj after the gathering, Davutoglu said Kosovo was a state founded as a result of a rightful fight, adding that Turkey attached great importance to this country's recognition and prestige in the international arena, as well as its territorial integrity.

Expressing the importance of peace in the Balkans, Davutoglu said the region should become an area where there were no ethnical clashes, but regional peace, economic development and a multi-cultural society.

Davutoglu noted that all countries in the Balkans should recognize each other's borders and territories.

"Balkans should now become a basin of peace. This is Turkey's vision," he said.

Commenting on the Belgrade-Pristina peace process, Davutoglu said Turkey would be happy to contribute to such process like it had done with the relations between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia in the past.

Hoxhaj, in his part, said that Kosovo was thankful for the support Turkey extended in all areas.

Describing Turkey as a powerful country both in regional and global scale, Hoxhaj also said Kosovo was an ideal address for Turkish investments.

Following his talks in Kosovo, Minister Davutoglu is expected to head to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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