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Turkish President Erdogan at EUFOR Althea's Camp Butmir

(B2) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Camp Butmir, headquarters of the European Stabilization Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUFOR Althea), on Monday (8 July).

Le Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (credit: EUFOR Althea)

The Turkish president, accompanied by Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, visited the barracks and had lunch with the soldiers. He was welcomed by the head of EUFOR, General Reinhard Trischak, as well as Colonel Ali Tanis, Turkish representative. A closed-door visit, indicates TRT.The President was in Sarajevo to attend the South East European Cooperation Process Summit.

Turkey has been one of the main contributors (the second or third in number depending on the moment) of the European operation since the beginning. Ankara had, a few years ago, tried to obtain command of the force. A formal request to this effect had been sent to the Europeans. But they refused, indicating that a European Union force could only be commanded by a European.

(NGV)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).