Top Bosniak officials in the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday expressed their full support to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, condemning the coup attempt in Turkey.
"My message to brother Erdogan is that he has a strong support here among us in Bosnia and Herzegovina," the chairman of the Bosnian presidency Bakir Izetbegovic told the local media, calling on the Turks to "defend their freedom, democracy and their right to election, to stand by their president and by his successful administration which is pushing Turkey forward to the place in the world where it belongs."
He said the coup attempt was an unpleasant surprise and an attempt to break the path of Turkey's democratic development.
Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic sent a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
"Democracy can in no way be secured by military coups that do not befit preset-day Turkey. Turkey is exceptionally important world strategic point and with that, its stability is important for the region and for the global politics. I entirely support the democratically-elected Turkish government, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the rule of law. Military coups in modern Turkey have no justification and the democratically-elected authorities must be respected," Zvizdic said in his letter.
Turkey has been for year strongly politically invested in Bosnia and its foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier this week announced Turkey would continued to resolutely protect Bosniaks.