Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that it was not possible to talk about a permanent stability in Europe before stability in Bosnia-Herzegovina was restored.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nikola Spiric, Erdogan described political relations between the two countries as "excellent".

Erdogan said the driving force in relations stemmed from very close ties between the peoples of the two countries and noted that relations in economy and trade were improving gradually.

Erdogan expressed satisfaction over the will of Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina to boost economic, political and trade relations.

"Fostering economic relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina is among primary targets of our countries. Actual trade volume amounted to 600 million USD at the end of 2008. We will endeavor to boost trade volume. We have also mutually underlined importance of reciprocal investments. We also discussed matters related to cultural cooperation," Erdogan said.

Erdogan said, "I have emphasized that Turkey would be in dialogue and solidarity with each of the co-founders in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Turkey would also continue its determination regarding NATO membership of Bosnia."


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