Davutoglu Says Turkish-Croatian Cooperation Backbone Of Stability In Balkans

Türkiye Materials 13 December 2009 18:54 (UTC +04:00)

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkish-Croatian cooperation was the backbone of stability in the Balkans, HaberTurk reported.

Davutoglu, who is on an official trip to Croatia, held a joint press conference with his Croatian counterpart Gordan Jandrokovic following a private meeting.

Davutoglu said Turkey attached great importance to integration of countries in the region with NATO and European bodies.

He said the two countries decided to work together for protection of stability and territorial integrity of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

"Our ministries will constantly be in touch, and work together for Bosnia-Herzegovina to take the place it deserves in the international community," said Davutoglu.

Davutoglu said bilateral relations, regional issues, relations with EU, NATO and UN were discussed in his meetings with Croatian officials.

In his part, Jandrokovic said countries extending support to Bosnia-Herzegovina should also respect its territorial integrity, and support its membership to EU and NATO.

He said they agreed to boost the current trade volume of USD 450 million up to 1 billion.

Later Davutoglu, attended a dinner in his honor by Jandrokovic.

Davutoglu will proceed to Dubrovnik before travelling to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina to attend the Ministerial Meeting on Alliance of Civilizations Southeast Europe Strategy.