Turkey’s First Lady Emine Erdogan has said the top Turkish leadership is in Bosnia and Herzegovina to strengthen bilateral economic ties.

Erdogan made the comments Wednesday during her visit to the Turkish Cultural Center "Yunus Emre" in Sarejevo.

During her exchange with representatives of the city and the Association of Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa, the first lady recalled that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remarks that the main purpose of the visit was to enhance bilateral economic ties. "That's why we are visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina," she said.

Kada Hotic, representative of the Association of Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa, said Turkey’s robust economic progress was a source of inspiration for not only Bosnia and Herzegovina, but the entire European region.

"Turkey has made much progress. This country has good people. Europe should learn from them. It is a prosperous country. That is why we hope to make progress as good as Turkey," Hotic said.

Later, the first lady visited the Gazi Husrev-bey library to see an exhibition about "mass graves in Bosnia and Herzegovina" by Muhamed Mujkic.

She also visited the City Hall where they were welcomed by the Mayor of Sarajevo.

The Turkish president and the first lady arrived in Sarajevo at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday and are expected to leave by nightfall at around 9 p.m., official sources said.

Minister of Economic Affairs Nihat Zeybekci, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus and Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker are also part of the official Turkish delegation, the sources added.

Anadolu Agency