Free trade agreement between Serbia and Turkey to be extended

Serbian Minister of Tourism, Trade and Telecommunications, Rasim Ljajic met in Ankara yesterday with the Turkish PM, Binali Yildirim to discuss boosting the bilateral relations and economic cooperation between the two countries.

Yildirim informed Ljajic that Turkey was supportive of the reforms implemented by the Serbian government and underlined the importance of the economic cooperation in relations between the two country. According to him, the volume of this economic cooperation would grow this year to include more industry segments.

The Turkish PM also said that his government would support all development and infrastructure projects that were in the best interest of the two countries while underlining the construction of the Belgrade – Sarajevo motorway that would be built by Serbia, Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina together.

Minister Ljajic stated that he was satisfied with the progress made in negotiations about extending the list of goods and services that were included in the free trade agreement between Serbia and Turkey. The Serbian Minister also said that he expected that to happen in June of this year the latest.

Ljajic also petitioned the Turkish government to grant a custom-free quota to Serbia for exporting meat to Turkey which could increase the value of the trade between the two countries to 2 billion EUR this year. The Serbian minister also met with the Turkish Economy Minister, Nihat Zeybekci and the Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Faruk Çelik.

(eKapija, 28.02.2017)

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