Erdoğan rally in Bosnia reflected strong bilateral ties - FP

The election rally by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Sarajevo last month reflected strong bilateral ties between Bosnia and Turkey, and the special love of Bosnia’s leaders for Erdoğan, Michael Colborne and Maxim Edwards wrote in Foreign Policy magazine.

“Today the Turkish nation has a person sent by God. He is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” they quoted Bakir Izetbegovic, the Bosniak representative in Bosnia’s triple-presidential system, as saying at the rally.

“God has sent nations one person to return them to their religion. We had (my father) Alija Izetbegovic,” he added.

Turkey is a prominent supporter of Bosnia in the cultural and humanitarian realms, Colborne and Edwards wrote, and many believe that it is the top investor in the country. In reality, it barely makes the top ten, they added.

But unlike the European Union and many other powers, Turkey takes notice of Bosnia and responds to its interests, and that finds an audience in the Balkan country.