Bakir Izetbegovic: “My father entrusted Bosnia to Erdoğan”

Published 17.02.2012 00:00
Updated 17.02.2012 21:18

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan hosted Bakir Izetbegovic, his first official visitor at his home in Kısıklı since undergoing a minor operation last week. Prime Minister Erdoğan and Bakir Izetbegovic, the son of the founder of Bosnia-Herzegovina Alija Izetbegovic and the current Bosniak member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina met for half an hour at the Premier’s Istanbul residence.

The first photograph distributed by the press of Erdoğan following his second surgery, depicts him in good condition. EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağış was also present at the meeting.

During an address following the member of council appointment, Bakir Izetbegovic had expressed that his father loved Prime Minister Erdoğan as if he was 'his own son'. "As my father lay on his deathbed, he said that he believed that Erdoğan, who he loved as a son, would be successful and that because he trusted him, he was in a sense entrusting the perpetuation of the existence of Bosnia-Herzegovina to Erdoğan."

Bağış used social media to share with the public that Erdoğan was in good health and wrote "Thank goodness, we saw that after undergoing surgery, Prime Minister Erdoğan is resting in his home and looks very good and healthy."

Members from the Municipality and Special Authority Employees Union (BEM-BİR-SEN) gathered in front of Erdoğan's residence in order to offer their wishes for his speedy recovery. Speaking on behalf of the group, Niyazi Karakoç stated, "We wanted to visit our Prime Minister, who put his own health aside in order to serve the nation, and offer him morale."

The Kasımpaşaspor football club displayed a sign wishing the Prime Minister 'get well soon'. Meanwhile, Minister of Health Recep Akdağ also commented on Erdoğan's condition, stating, "He is resting at home, we will begin working together soon."

British Prime Minister David Cameron, Egyptian Prime Minister Kemal Genzuri, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and Hamas leader Halid Meşal have all called Prime Minister Erdoğan to send their best wishes for his speedy recovery.

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