The main topic discussed in the meeting of the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the member of the Presidency of BiH Bakir Izetbegovic and the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic were infrastructure projects in BiH and Serbia, more specifically the construction of the highway Sarajevo-Belgrade. This project will be fully financed by Turkey, whose companies will construct the highway hiring domestic workers, and it will charge the use of it for a period of time in a form of concession. The highway will be then handed over to BiH and Serbia, thus BiH will not be further indebted.
A tripartite meeting was held in Istanbul with Turkish President Erdogan, Bosniak member of the Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) Presidency Izetbegovic and Serbian President Vucic on Monday. Vucic stated that Serbia respects the territorial integrity of BiH and that the only request is that Serbs in the Serb Republic and in BiH feel safe. He reported after that the conversation was “good and open”, and added that “our agreement is that whatever happens and however it happens – peace and stability must be preserved”.
A Turkish minister says the “American system” has been infiltrated by a Muslim cleric blamed for last summer’s failed coup. Foreign Minister M. Cavusoglu told journalists Friday that cleric Fethullah Gulen “has entered American missions here through the local staff,” referring to the arrest of a local staff member of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul in October for alleged links to Gulen. The minister also said Gulen infiltrated the U.S. judicial system by pointing to purported links in the controversial case of Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, charged by an ex-U.S. attorney for evading sanctions on Iran. Cavusoglu said Preet Bharara was “very close” to Gulen and used the same indictment prosecutors filed against Zarrab in Turkey after corruption allegations shook the country in 2013. Gulen denies involvement in the coup.