Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met on Monday with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Mabeyn Palace in Istanbul.
This was their fist meeting since Vucic became Serbia’s president, Beta reported, citing Turkey’s Andadolu agency.
Erdogan will bring to Serbia 150 business people to meet with Serbian entrepreneurs, Vucic announced after the meeting, according to Tanjug.
Vucic said he “believed his Turkish counterpart would visit Serbia in the shortest possible time,” adding that he asked Erdogan to stay several days in the country “to be able to discuss all regional and political matters.”
Earlier in the day, he spoke at the 22nd World Petroleum Congress (WPC), and said that Turkey has become “a key bridge country for the future of global energy” and is also vital for Serbia’s energy security,” Andadolu reported.
Energy security has come to the fore of foreign policy priorities, particularly when it comes to gas supplies, Vucic said, and added:
“Central and Eastern European countries, including the Republic of Serbia, are mostly dependent on oil and gas import. That is why safety is one of the most important issues for us.”
Serbia expects a second leg of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline to go through its territory and the territory of the Western Balkans, Vucic said in his address to the WPC.
“Considering the fact that the Turkish Stream pipeline is currently under construction, Serbia expects an agreement under which one leg of the pipeline will go through the territories of Serbia and Western Balkan countries. Such option is the best interest of Serbia and other countries in the region,” Tanjug reported.
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