Erdoğan says in Sarajevo despite ‘assassination threat’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday said that receiving information about an assassination threat against him during his visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina did not deter him from his scheduled rally in the country, during a press conference following his meeting with Bakir Izetbegovic, the Bosniak member of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sputnik news reported.

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister on Saturday had warned of possible “assassination threats” against Turkish President Erdoğan during his Sunday visit to Bosnia, tweeting, “We are aware that there are circles who are uncomfortable with such a great leader, a man with a cause. We are aware that they want to get rid of our president. These assassination threats are not new, they have always been there.”

‘’Information came to me the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), and that’s why I’m here. Such threats will not deter me from my path,’’ Sputnik quoted the Turkish president as saying.

Erdoğan also noted that Turkey has no secret agenda in Bosnia except for its prosperity, unity and financial development, in today’s press conference.

The Turkish president is slated to speak at a public rally in Sarajevo this afternoon, where he is looking to gain the votes of 10,000 Turks residing in Bosnia and surrounding countries in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24.