Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka met with the Mayor of Ankara Melih Gokçek who gave a cordial welcome to the delegation of the City of Sarajevo. Mayor Skaka reminded that Sarajevo and Ankara signed the Sister City Agreement in 1994, with the aim of promoting and strengthening friendly ties between the Republic of Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and establishing and spreading of cooperation between the capital cities of the two states. At today’s meeting, the two sides agreed that there is a need to further intensify the cooperation.
„There is an ongoing discussion with Ankara concerning certain projects which we expect to be realized soon, however the City of Sarajevo values greatly the exchange of knowledge and experiences in the field of urban infrastructure and utility services“, stressed Skaka.
According to Mayor Gokçek there is a great mutual trust and friendship between these two countries, and the cooperation between the two capital cities Sarajevo and Ankara is particularly important for maintaining and upgrading it.
During the visit Mayor Skaka met with the manager of TIKA for Balkans and Eastern Europe Mahmut Cevik, and thanked for the long lasting support that TIKA has provided to our country. The topic of the meeting were ongoing projects in Sarajevo and the priorities in the forthcoming period.
„The communication with local authorities is very important, because in that way we can jointly determine the guidelines on what needs to be done to achieve concrete results.“ said Mahmut Cevik.
The BiH Ambassador to Turkey H.E. Bakir Sadović attended all the official meetings together with the delegation of the city of Sarajevo and he will also attend the meetings planned to take place in Konya.
According to plan, Mayor Skaka will have a meeting today with Tahir Akyürek, the Mayor of Konya.