ERDOĞAN’S VISIT TO SERBIA HERALDS NEW ERA IN TIES
PRESIDENT Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Serbian President Alexander Vucic addressed people yesterday in Novi Pazar, where he was welcomed by a huge crowd. Erdoğan said that a new era has begun for Turkey and Serbia concerning bilateral ties and he also thanked the Serbian president for his support in Turkey’s struggle against the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) during the July 15 coup attempt.
PRESIDENT Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that a new era between Turkey and Serbia has begun and the two countries will strengthen their ties.
Erdoğan, along with Serbian President Alexander Vucic, addressed people in Novi Pazar yesterday, a province with a large Bosniak and Turkish population, where he was welcomed by a crowd of people from different parts of Serbia.
“We are initiating a new era between Turkey and Serbia,” Erdoğan said and thanked Vucic for greeting ceremony. “The synergy we are witnessing here indicates how much we need peace and collaboration.”
He said that people in the Balkans pay the price for the chaos there “incited by foreign powers,” and called on people for solidarity. “As much you stand together and show solidarity, so will you be powerful, in safety and prosperity.”
Erdoğan also acknowledged Vucic’s support in the fight against the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) and his support on the night of July 15, 2016, when small junta loyal to FETÖ, led by the U.S. based Fetullah Gülen, tried to overthrow the democratically elected government in a coup attempt. “Just like we did in Turkey, we will extirpate FETÖ from the Balkans. I have full confidence in Vucic on this issue. He was one of the leaders that initially declared his support for us on the night of the coup,” Erdoğan said.
On July 15, 2016, a military junta linked to FETÖ attempted to topple the government and impose martial law. It was thwarted by troops loyal to the government along with police and millions of citizens marching in favor of democracy. Soldiers involved in the coup attempt killed 249 people, mostly civilians, and 2,000 people were injured.
Erdoğan also announced new agreements between the two countries and pointed to the development of economic collaboration: “Yesterday, we signed an agreement to import 5,000 tons of meat from Serbia. We are working to realize highway and airway projects. We believe in this. The road is civilization. These roads will be done despite tough topography.”
President Recep Tayyip Erdogğan and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic acknowledge the audience during their visit at Novi Pazar on Oct. 11.