Mayors of Sarajevo and Sofia agreed to prepare Protocol on Cooperation between the two cities

Within the framework of the First Meeting of the Capital Cities within the Initiative 16+1 (China and CEEC) in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia, Mayor of Sarajevo Ivo Komšić Ph.D. had a meeting today with the Mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova. During the cordial talks, the officials of Sarajevo and Sofia discussed the need to intensify and make mutual ties more specific in all areas of interest to the citizens of the two cities, and agreed to prepare the Protocol on cooperation between Sarajevo and Sofia in the fields of economy, tourism, culture and education.

Mayor Komšić placed special emphasis on the fact that Bulgaria was the first country to officially recognize Bosnia and Herzegovina, and used this opportunity to express his gratitude for the assistance Bulgaria provided for our country when it was hit by floods in May 2014.

Mayor Komšić discussed Sarajevo’s tourist potentials at the First Meeting of the Capital Cities of the Initiative 16+1 (China and CEEC) in Sofia

Mayor of Sarajevo Ivo Komšić participated at the First Meeting of the Capital Cities of the Initiative 16+1 (China and CEEC) which took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Conference was dedicated to exploration of opportunities to strengthen cooperation between China and central and eastern European countries in the fields of tourism, innovation, transport, agriculture and agribusiness. Mayor Komšić’s address and presentation on the tourist offer and potentials of the city of Sarajevo were received with great interest. He called on the participants to launch the creation of a shared European tourist product or offer which would be beneficial to all countries concerned.

Following his presentation Mayor Komšić received an invitation for Sarajevo to join the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) which gathers 172 members, including 117 cities and 57 institutions around the world, such as world renowned tourist agencies, media organisations, airports, air companies, hotel groups, financial companies and other tourist institutions.

A bilateral meeting is planned for tomorrow between the Mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova, where the two mayors will discuss the possibility of establishing official cooperation between the two cities in the fields of mutual interest.



During the Conference Mayor of Sarajevo met with the mayors from the region, including the Mayor of Belgrade, Siniša Mali who invited Mayor Komšić to visit Belgrade to discuss cooperation between the two cities.

Mayor of Istanbul Announced Support to the White Fortress project and the solving of the problem of water supply and traffic in Sarajevo

After today’s bilateral meeting with the Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka and Prime Minister of Sarajevo Canton Elmedin Konaković held at the City Hall, the Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbaş announced in his press statement the intention to support the project of reconstruction of the White Fortress and finding solution to the problem of potable water and traffic in Sarajevo „The connection between Sarajevo and Istanbul is cordial and heartfelt and we will try to continue the cooperation between these two sister cities „ stressed Topbaş adding that this was a return visit to the sister city which was one of the first cities to send a delegation to Istanbul after the unfortunate events of July 15, the attempted coup.

Deputy Mayor Skaka emphasized the good and productive relations between the two cities stressing that the future cooperation will be in the field of reconstruction of the White Fortress and development of tourism.

„A team of experts from Istanbul will come to examine the archaeological findings at the site of the White fortress, and we will launch this project of great significance to the City of Sarajevo together with the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality“,  said Skaka.

The Prime Minister Konaković said that Turkey has the fastest growing economy in the world and that for the past ten years it has become a world power. Among other things, Konaković announced cooperation between the two cities in many fields, tourism and education being the most important ones.

Deputy Mayor Skaka welcomes the Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbaş at the Sarajevo airport

Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbaş arrived at Sarajevo airport where he was met by the Deputy Mayor Abdulah Skaka. Deputy Mayor Skaka gave a heartfelt welcome to the old and proved friend of Sarajevo, who arrived with his staff on an official one-day visit to Bosnian and Herzegovinian capital. Deputy Mayor Skaka expressed his pleasure with the fact that he has the opportunity to show the friends from Istanbul the city’s landmarks during the joint walk and tour of the city, and inform them about the infrastructural projects of the City of Sarajevo.

The future cooperation between the two cities, which will mark 20 years of sister city relations next year, will be discussed at a bilateral meeting, which will be followed by joint press statements by Deputy Mayor Skaka, Mayor of Istanbul Topbaş and Prime Minister of Sarajevo Canton Elmedin Konaković at 16:00 hours at the City Hall.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality will support the rehabilitation of the White Fortress and finance the building of a mosque which used to be located at the site

The Mayor of the sister city of Istanbul Kadir Topbaş began his one-day visit to Sarajevo with the tour of the White Fortress accompanied by the Deputy Mayor Abdulah Skaka. Deputy Mayor Skaka presented the White Fortress project to the guests from Istanbul. „The rehabilitation of this valuable cultural and historic monument would restore its authentic appearance, create an attractive venue for staging cultural events and enhance the tourist resources of Sarajevo“ said Skaka adding that the City of Sarajevo had drafted the preliminary design of the White Fortress, which would be presented today to the Delegation from Istanbul at the City Hall.

However, the archeoloegical research in which the city of Sarajevo invested over one million Bosnian marks were halted because the foundations of the former mosque were found on the site. Skaka called for the experts from Istanbul to become involved in this project in view of their experince and longterm partnership in the rehabilitation of historic buildings in Sarajevo.

Mayor Topbaş said that restoration experts from Istanbul will pay a visit to Sarajevo very soon, and that the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality will fund the building of the mosque which used to be located on the site of the White Fortress.

Mayor Topbaş at the grave of Alija Izetbegović: resistance shown in this city is an example for all the world

Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka, Prime Minsiter of Sarajevo Canton Elmedin Konaković and Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbaş laid flowers and said prayers to pay their respects to the fallen fighters at the graveyard „Kovači“ and the grave of the first president of Presidency of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alija Izetbegović.

At the grave of the first president of the independent Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alija Izetbegović, the Mayor of Istanbul said: „We remember all of our fallen fighters and especially Alija Izetbegović. The resistance shown by this city is an example for the entire world. We must not forget and we must constantly be reminded. New generations must know their history. We are thankful for all those who took part in the resistance and the post-war period of reconstruction and rebuilding. We are with you, we are willing and ready to give our full support in whatever you might need“.

Mayor Topbaş visited the Museum of Alija Izetbegović accompanied by his hosts. The guest from Istanbul showed great emotion and paid very close attention to the exibition dedicated to the life of  Alija Iztebegović, and signed in the book of impressions.

Deputy Mayor Skaka hosted the Mayor of Istanbul during his walking tour of the City

The Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbaş went on a walking tour of Sarajevo from the Eternal Flame to the City Hall accompanied by his host Deputy Mayor Abdulah Skaka, greeting the citizens and tourists who cordially welcomed him. After the noon prayer at Bey’s mosque, they went on a tour of the Gazi Husrev Bey’s Libarry, where he was presented with a reprinted copy of mus’haf of Fadil pasha Šerifović. During the visit to the Museum of Srebrenica he was presented with a Monography on Srebrenica. The author of the photoghraphs displayed at the Museum, Tarik Samarah acquainted the guests with the permanent exhibition showing the Srebrenica genocide.

On their way through Sarači, they stopped at the shop owned by Kalajdžisalihović family, whose tademark for over 200 years have been the „peacock“ slippers. Deputy Mayor Skaka bought a pair for the wife of Kadir Topbaş, whom he had previously called to ask for size and colour. The size was 40 and he chose navy blue among green, wine-red and navy-blue, saying: „Now I can come home late!“.

During the tour of Baščaršija, Topbaş toured Sebilj and Bezistan, making a short stop at Kazandžiluk, where he visited the craft shop of Nasir Jabučar who presented him with a gift – cofee set.

At the end of the tour Mayor Topbaş and Deputy Mayor Skaka visited the City Hall, where he was informed about the history and the process of reconstruction of the symbol of the city and the growing tourist landmark of Sarajevo.

Tour of the House of Alija Đerzelez, pearl of Ottoman architecture

Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbaş was delighted with the beauty of the pearl of Ottoman culture – House of Alija Đerzelez, which was handed over on complimentary basis to the City of Istanbul by the Sarajevo Canton. This edifice of cultural-historic value was built in the 17th century as a house of a prominent and rich family of craftsmen.

It was built as a one-story building, incorporating all elements characteristic of housing architecture from Ottoman period, from traditional materials – stone, adobe, wood and cast iron.

Deputy Mayor Skaka opened the Symposium „Reactivate Sarajevo“ at the City Hall


A one-day international symposium under the title „Reactivate Sarajevo“ started this morning at the City Hall. Deputy Mayor Abdulah Skaka opened the Symposium on behalf of the host and honorary sponsor, City of Sarajevo, wishing all the best in their work to the participants of the Symposium which gathered local and international experts from the fields of architecture, urbanism and culture. „We are gathered in one of the most beautiful and impressive buildings in Sarajevo. This architectural and historic landmark of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian capital was once again opened to public in 2014, after 18 years of reconstruction, and has since become one of the greatest tourist attractions in Sarajevo” stressed Skaka.

Deputy Mayor acquainted those present with one other symbol of the city of Sarajevo – Trebević Cable Car, which has a symbolic, touristic and infrastructural importance for Sarajevo as the capital city.

Several round tables will be held within the framework of the Symposium, the topics under discussion will include urban infrastructure for sustainable urban development, potentials and challenges cities face relating to urban planning, as well as cultural management for rehabilitation of cities.

The Symposium organizers are Urban Think Tank and the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (ETH) from Zürich in cooperation with international and local partners (faculties, museums, foundations).

This important gathering of architects and town planners was supported by the City of Sarajevo, and Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Swiss (SECO) State Secretariat for Economic Affairs through the mediation of the Swiss Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Mayors of Sarajevo and Budapest signed the Cooperation Agreement


The Mayor of Sarajevo Ivo Komšić is on an official visit to the sister city of Budapest on invitation by the head of the Hungarian capital István Tarlós. The visit was agreed during the Mayor of Budapest’s visit to Sarajevo in April this year for the marking of the Day of the City of Sarajevo. At today’s meeting the mayors Komšić and Tarlós discussed the need to intensify the existing mutual ties and define concrete ways of cooperation, resulting in signing of the Agreement on Cooperation between Sarajevo and Budapest in all areas of interest for the citizens of the two cities.

The two mayors stated that this Agreement is a good starting point for development of a single programme which would be implemented through specific ways of cooperation in the areas of management of public services, tourism, economy, culture, and education through exchanges of students and professors.


The Mayor of Budapest accepted the proposal of Mayor Komšić to set up teams from the two cities in order to coordinate the organization of promotional events entitled “Days of Sarajevo in Budapest” and “Days of Budapest in Sarajevo” with the aim to intensify further cooperation.  Businessmen, tourist and culture workers from the two cities would be able to promote themselves at these events and find partners based on joint interests.

The Mayor thanked the Hungarian government and the City of Budapest for donating funds for the reconstruction of the Sarajevo City Hall and for providing aid to Bosnia and Herzegovina during the floods in May 2014.

Mayor Komšić also met with Aleksandar Dragičević, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Hungary. At the meeting Komšić stressed that today’s signing of the Cooperation Agreement between the two capitals increases the opportunity of Bosnian and Herzegovinian cities to present their tourist, cultural and other potentials in this friendly country. They also discussed establishing a direct air line between the two cities.