Turkish President Erdoğan’s security team clashes with Bosnian police
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s security team on Monday scuffled with border police as he arrived for a two-day visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Deutsche Welle reported.
Local media reported pushing and verbal exchanges after the president's bodyguards refused to hand over their weapons at Sarajevo airport.
"They were aggressive and behaved as if they were in their own country," chief of Bosnian border police Zoran Galic told Dnevni Avaz news, according to DW. "They did not respect our laws and deserved to be arrested."
Border police said the confrontation ended when the Turkish leader stepped off the plane to greet members of Bosnia's tripartite presidency.
Muslim-majority Bosnia, which was ruled by the Ottoman Empire for five centuries and shares strong ties with Turkey, is a popular stop for officials from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
This is not the first time the Turkish president’s bodyguards have clashed with locals while visiting a Turkish ally. Mainly Kurdish demonstrators filed a multi-million-dollar assault and hate crime lawsuit after being attacked by members of Erdoğan’s security detail in Washington, D.C., in May 2017.
In Bosnia-Herzegovina, Erdoğan is scheduled to attend an economic summit of southeastern European countries and pay his respects to the 8,000 Muslims killed in the town of Srebrenica in July 1995, ahead of the massacre's 24th anniversary next week, according to DW.