Turkey-Bosnia and Herzegovina Political Relations
Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) sovereignty, respect for territorial integrity and the multi-ethnic structure, following the reform process in B-H in contributing to the steps taken and the B-H with European and Euro-Atlantic institutions (EU and NATO).
High-level visits between BiH and our country play an important role in protecting the dynamism of our relations and creating cooperation areas.
- Mr. Sayin visited our state of BiH on May 20, 2015.
- Minister visited BiH on 11 July 2016 to hold bilateral contacts between 29-30 April 2015 and also on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.
- BiH Foreign Minister visited Igor Crnadak on 7-8 November 2016.
- Bosnian Member of the BiH Presidency Council Bakir Izetbegovic met with the President of the Republic of Turkey in Istanbul on the occasion of his special visit on 15-16 October 2017.
- Mr. Prime Minister visited Bosnia and Herzegovina on 29-30 March 2018 at the invitation of Denis Zvizdic, President of the Bosnian Herzegovina Council of Ministers.
Mr. Hakan Çavuşoğlu, President of the Turkish wing of the present Parliamentary Friendship Group, and Stasa Kosaraç, President of the Bosnian Herzegovina wing, are present between the two countries.
Turkey’s leadership in 2009 and created in 2010, Turkey-BiH-Serbia and Turkey-BiH-Croatia in the framework of tripartite consultation mechanisms on three Foreign Ministers (total respectively so far (13) and (7) times were met.
Our main export products are: mineral fuels and oils, machinery, food, road vehicles, textile, plastic Our main imported products: leather, leather, chemicals, wood. Along with the economic development and stability in the Balkans must be sustained develop the awareness that Turkey attaches importance to be taken forward bilateral economic and trade relations with BiH. In this context, the process of economic reform in BiH is closely monitored. The legal ground of our relations has been largely completed, and major exhibitions and events held at certain intervals contribute to the further development of bilateral investment and trade relations.
The ” Free Trade Agreement” signed with Bosnia and Herzegovina on July 3, 2002 and entered into force on 1 July 2003, nullified the rates of customs duties applied to industrial goods originating in this country.
There are about 50 Turkish companies operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the total amount of Turkish investments in this country is $ 145 million. Our country is in 9th place in foreign direct investment in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The cost of the projects undertaken in Bosnia Herzegovina for Turkish contractors is about 600 million USD.
The fifth of the KEK meeting was held in Sarajevo on 7-9 December 2017 with the co-chair of Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag. The revitalization of the mechanism of the CEC has been an important development in the last period in the field of bilateral economic relations. The planning of the subcommittee meetings within the scope of the CAF is planned.
As of September 2017, 71,383 Bosnia and Herzegovina tourists have come to my country.
Three separates Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centres (YETKM) operate in BiH, Sarajevo, Folnitsa and Mostar. An important dimension of our relationship with BiH is development assistance. TIKA has provided development assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the fields of education, health, sanitation, administrative and civil infrastructures with about 700 projects which have completed the economic infrastructure. The TIKA funding we have made to BiH through our various institutions in the first place is around 1 billion Euros.
In terms of important projects carried out in our country, firstly Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Bridge in Vişegrad, which is carried out by TİKA, is restored.