Erdogan blames United States for initiating visa row with Turkey

Bruno Cirelli
Ottobre 12, 2017

Bass, blamed by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for prompting the dispute, told reporters the United States did not intend to disrupt a long-standing relationship with Turkey and the two countries would continue to engage on the issue.

"We have special relations with this region. Your happiness is our happiness, your pain is our pain", Erdogan said.

Erdogan started his two day visit to Serbia on Tuesday morning by meeting with Vucic.

Turkish influence is already strong among fellow Muslims in Bosnia, Albania and Kosovo, but mainly Orthodox Christian Serbia is traditionally much closer to Russian Federation.

"Our job is to work as much as we can and to develop all parts of Serbia and invest more and more money", the president said and announced a project to build the Pozega-Boljare road.

Serbian and Turkish officials signed several agreements on October 10, including an amended free-trade accord that will open the Turkish market to several Serbian products.

The Turkish President will also visit the town of Novi Pazar in the mostly Bosniak Muslim region of Sandzak, in the south of Serbia.

Speaking alongside his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic, he mentioned Turkey's efforts against the FETO network in the wake of the July 15, 2016 defeated coup attempt. "Today, Serbia considers Turkey as its friend".

"We want to connect this area with Belgrade and Sarajevo and Podgorica", Vucic said. "But at least I can come out and say that I am working in your best interest".

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