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BiH Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak said Tuesday in Banjaluka that the speech by Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu, who’s resignation was soon to take effect, at the opening ceremony of Ferhat Pasha Mosque in Banjaluka, was insulting.
“I advocate the development of good relations between Turkey and the Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks, but must make it clear that this country will no longer be present in BiH as it used to be during the Ottoman Empire,” Crnadak told the reporters.
He claims that Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik knew what Davutoglu would speak about in Banjaluka.
“Instead of warning us all, we now deal with hindsight. I have not received his letter. The BiH Presidency will hardly reach an agreement on sending a letter of protest to Turkey over Davutoglu’s speech,” Crnadak added.
At the opening of Ferhadija Mosque in Banjaluka that took place on Saturday, May 7, Davutoglu praised the work of Alija Izetbegovic – reflected in a single BiH, which should be preserved as a legacy and stated that the mosque, such as other buildings, are the common cultural heritage. In his address to the gathered people, he said that all 78 million of Turks were with them, that the Turks “were here, they are here now and will be here forever.”