The Balkans must take its destiny into its own hands and remove all obstacles to faster progress and greater prosperity, Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said at the opening of a Belgrade summit of the Open Balkan initiative on Friday, announcing that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would visit Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia next week.

This initiative provides such an opportunity and it is something that holds promise, Cavusoglu said, adding that Turkey had always spoken also about the significance of Balkan policies.

He said Turkey saw two challenges in the region.

The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be our priority – we cannot allow there to be a conflict at the heart of the Balkans, he said.

The other challenge is the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, which has demonstrated how much we need to focus on common interests, Cavusoglu noted.

He said Turkey maintained open communication with both sides and would continue to support dialogue towards agreements on vehicle licence plates and all other issues.