AA | 2 May 2019
Turkey, Bosnia sign revised free trade agreement
by Beyza Binnur Dönmez
Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday signed a revised free trade agreement and a memorandum of understanding on the Sarajevo-Belgrade Highway Project.
The agreement will help two countries to reach $1 billion trade volume, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a joint news conference with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Presidential Council members in Ankara.
"We will provide all kinds of support to TurkStream gas pipeline project to go through Bosnia and Herzegovina," Erdogan said.
The TurkStream is a project which will carry Russian gas via a pipeline under the Black Sea bypassing Ukraine and onward through Bulgaria, Serbia, and Hungary.
The president stressed that Sarajevo-Belgrade Highway Project, supported by Turkey, will have a positive impact on the stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Erdogan said that advancing regional cooperation in the Balkans was also one of the subjects which were discussed during a meeting with the Council members.
For his part, Chairman and the Serb member of the Council Milorad Dodik said the free trade agreement will contribute to the development of economic relations between the two countries.
Dodik stressed that Sarajevo-Belgrade Highway Project is of "high importance" for Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as the whole region.
Speaking on TurkStream project, Dodik underlined that it is “important” for his country to be a part of a route which links Turkey to the West.
He thanked Erdogan for contributions to the peace and stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bosniak member of the Council Sefik Dzaferovic was also present at the joint news conference.
Following the news conference, the Turkish president hosted a dinner in honor of the visiting dignitaries.