Turkish FM to Visit Kosovo, Bosnia

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is traveling to Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina this week to discuss regional issues and attend Ramadan feast celebrations.

A statement issued by Turkey's foreign ministry says Davutoglu will begin his tour with a stop in Kosovo's capital Pristina Friday. He will meet with Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj . During the two-day visit he will also attend inauguration of Turkish cultural centers in Pristina and Prizren.

The Turkish foreign minister is scheduled to arrive in Bosnia-Herzegovina Sunday for talks with the presidential members and political leaders. While in Bosnia he will also receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Tuzla.

Hoxhaj met with Davutoglu earlier this month in Istanbul, where he attended a ministerial meeting of the Organization of Islamic Conference. Kosovo is seeking recognition by all members of the 57-nation group. Kosovo's ministry of foreign affairs said Davutoglu had assured Hoxhaj of Turkey's unwavering support for Kosovo's effort to strengthen its statehood.

Kosovo, declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and has been recognized by about 80 nations, including the Unite States and the majority of European countries.

But Belgrade has refused to recognize the move and is lobbying against Kosovo's membership in the United Nations. It has the support of veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council, Russia and China.