The Turkish Ambassador to Serbia, Tanju Bilgic, says that, during the visit of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Serbia, the president will talk to the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic about new projects beneficial to both countries and will open six factories.
“The Turkish president is coming to visit Serbia again, two years after the last visit. This year marks the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and the friendship between the two leaders is at its all-time peak. This friendship, of course, reflects on our bilateral relations,” Biglic said.
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He added that the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Belgrade-Sarajevo motorway and the reconstruction of the Novi Pazar-Tutin road would be laid during the visit and that six factories would be opened, as part of Turkish investments which began in 2017.
“Furthermore, we will also officially inaugurate projects realized by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), such as the Ram Fortress. The two leaders will, of course, also discuss new projects beneficial to both countries,” the ambassador said.
A second meeting of the Grand Cooperation Council will also take place during Erdogan’s visit dedicated to two topics – bilateral relations and regional developments.
“There will also be a business forum attended by about 200 business people from Turkey, as well as a trilateral summit of leaders from Turkey, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said the ambassador.
Referring to TurkStream, he said that that was a very important opportunity for both Turkey and Serbia, and that the work on the pipeline was going according to plan and the pipeline should become operational from the end of 2019.
Bilgic also stated that Turkey’s main objective was to improve economic and trade relations with Serbia and make relations institutional.
“Our main objective is security and stability in the Balkans. It is wrong to look for other reasons behind Turkey’s desire to strengthen economic cooperation with Serbia. Our goal is to produce and grow together,” the ambassador added.
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