Davutoğlu to receive ‘Leader of 21st Century’ award in Sarajevo

April 30, 2012, Monday/ 17:22:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

The International League of Humanists, a Sarajevo-based organization comprising Bosnian, Serb and Croat intellectuals, will present Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu with the “21st Century Leader” award on May 4 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Turkish Embassy in Sarajevo announced on Monday that Davutoğlu will arrive in Sarajevo on May 3 and hold talks in Sarajevo on May 4.

Zdravko Surlan, secretary-general of the league, in comments to the Anatolia news agency, said Davutoğlu deserves the award for his contributions to the development of relations between the Balkan countries. “The award we are about to present is in a way an expression of ‘thank you’ to Mr. Davutoğlu for his contributions to the dialogue, culture, peace and stability in the Balkans,” Surlan said. Among the recipients of the “21st Century Leader” award in the past are Pope John Paul II, who visited Sarajevo after the Bosnian war, and former International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Juan Antonio Samaranch, who passed away in 2010.

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