Ankara calls for resolution to Turkey-US tensions

by Garry Watts October 12, 2017, 0:21
Ankara calls for resolution to Turkey-US tensions

In the Serbian capital, Erdogan held talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic that focused on trade and investment, but also touched on political relations in the region. "Our target is to double that number next year", Erdogan said in a video file posted on the website of Serbian public broadcaster RTS on Tuesday.

"Today, taking into account the latest developments, we made a decision to bring our turnover to a level of 10 billion dollars as soon as possible", he said. "We can all see how our emotional connection has had a positive effect on our bilateral ties".

"I use this opportunity to once again invite Turkish businesspeople to come and invest in Serbia now, especially when Halkbank is operating there", he said, referring to Turkey's large, state-owned bank.

Turkey backed Bosnian Muslims in the 1990s war that pitted them against the Christian Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croats.

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Relations between Serbia and Turkey have improved in recent years after decades of mistrust between the two nations.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited his Ukrainian counterpart in Kiev for the sixth session of the High-Level Strategic Council. A banner in Novi Pazar on Wednesday showed Gulen dressed in a prison uniform.

"In order to minimise the number of visitors to our diplomatic and consular missions in the U.S. while this assessment proceeds, effective immediately we have suspended all visa services regarding the U.S. citizens at our diplomatic and consular missions", it added. He said Turkey and Serbia share common views.


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