Member of Bosnia’s tripartite Presidency, Milorad Dodik, met with Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Ankara on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Bosnia amid a major political crisis in the country behind closed doors.
Dodik was welcomed by Turkey’s Vice President, Fuat Oktay, at the Presidential Compound in Ankara.
The Bosnian Serb political leader is under fire over his initiative for Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity, where he is the leader of the ruling party, to unilaterally withdraw from numerous state-level institutions, including the army, indirect taxation authority and judicial institutions, and form its own.
Dodik told the media ahead of the meeting that “the information that Erdogan has received so far has been one-sided.”
“I want to explain to him that I consider him a great leader of a great nation, and I think he is naturally interested in supporting and helping Bosniaks, but I am also convinced by several contacts I had with him that he is a man who does not want to do anything at the expense of other peoples in BiH and I see an option for us to talk about that topic,” he said.