Balkan leaders flock to Erdogan inauguration

While European leaders largely stayed away, Balkan leaders flocked to Erdogan’s inauguration as Turkey’s executive president on Monday, Balkan Insight reports. Bakir Izetbegovic, of Bosnia, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov and Kosovo President Hashim Thaci all attended Erdogan’s inauguration, as did Albanian PM Edi Rama. Ankara says, in all, 22 heads of states and six prime ministers and parliament speakers were due to be in attendance. Most of the foreign leaders were coming from the Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East — former Ottoman areas or regions with which Turkey has relatively close relations.


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