Turkey, Serbia should target $2 bln trade volume: Minister

Turkey, Serbia should target $2 bln trade volume: Minister

ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Turkey, Serbia should target $2 bln trade volume: Minister

Turkey and Serbia should aim to increase their bilateral trade volume to $2 billion in the near future, Turkish Minister of Youth and Sports Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu said on Feb. 12.

“As our presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan [of Turkey] and Aleksandar Vucic [of Serbia] agreed, our aim should be increasing the bilateral trade volume between Turkey and Serbia to a level of $2 billion as soon as possible,” Kasapoğlu told a reception marking Serbia's National Day, Serbian Armed Forces Day and the 140th anniversary of Turkish-Serbian diplomatic relations.

Kasapoğlu said it was a welcome development that bilateral trade volume surpassed $1 billion for the first time in 2017, adding the two countries have a serious potential to improve economic and trade relations.

Serbia is a valued friend of our country and a partner with whom we have strong cooperation for improving prosperity and stability in the Balkans,” he said.

Serbia's Ambassador to Turkey, Zoran Markovic, for his part said his country wants to improve relations with Turkey, adding the two countries share common roots, history and culture.

Praising relations between Ankara and Belgrade, Markovic said: “We have a dialogue that ensures the highest level of lasting and mutual benefit.”

Turkey, Serbia, bilateral trade