Nine agreements signed during Erdogan's visit in Serbia

Photo: EPA Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L)during the press conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (R), Belgrade, 7 October.

Turkey wants to deepen and diversify bilateral relations with Serbia, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the Turkey-Serbia Business Forum in Belgrade on Monday. He announced that Ankara and Belgrade have signed nine agreements on defence, social security, industry and technology cooperation after the two countries High-Level Cooperation Council meeting.

“Our experts have shown an interest in buying some equipment and weapons, and we want to collaborate in the technology field as well,” Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told a joint press conference.

Turkish media see Erdogan’s visit as an economic mission, as he is being accompanied by 100 Turkish businesspeople and will open six new Turkish factories and several other projects in Serbia. Pro-government Turkish daily newspaper Sabah described the visit as the “landing of Turkish investment” and reported that the two countries aim to increase their current $1.2bn trade volume to $5bn in the near future.

On Tuesday Erdogan and Vucic will host a trilateral meeting with Bosnia and Herzegovina and attend a ceremony to mark the beginning of construction work on the Belgrade-Sarajevo highway.

 

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