News Center -TDO- Serbian Ambassador to Turkey Zoran Markovic and his spouse Tatjana Markovic hosted a reception at the embassy residence for Serbia's National Day.
The reception was attended by Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, Minister of Youth and Sports, Faruk Kaymakçı, Deputy Foreign Minister, Admiral Adnan Özbal, Commander of the Navy, representatives of the mission in Ankara and many guests.
Ambassador Markovic thanked the guests at the reception, which began with the reading of the national anthems of the two countries, and said he was honored to present this invitation at the embassy residence, a historic building and a symbol of the friendship of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and King Aleksandar I of Yugoslavia.
Recalling the 140th anniversary of the two countries ' diplomatic relations last year, ambassador Markovic said the world could be transformed into a better place if Turkey and Serbia continue to work together on the basis of mutual benefit, based on their shared heritage.
"Our cooperation in various fields, our dialogue at the level of the state, civil society and the private sector, and our desire to strengthen our ties continue to grow stronger and stronger," said Ambassador Markovic, explaining that the two countries have set a success story in line with the heartfelt relations established by the heads of State of Turkey and Serbia."
Ambassador Markovic concluded his speech by saying: "Long Live Serbia, Long Live Turkey"
Minister Kasapoglu said he congratulated the people of Serbia on the occasion of the National Day and said that the best period in the history of relations between the two countries was under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.
Turkey and Serbia work for peace and stability in the region in line with common interests and goals, Minister Kasapoglu said, continuing co-operation within the framework of the bilateral and trilateral mechanism with Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially the high-level co-operation Council. "We are working together with Serbia on the Belgrade-Sarajevo highway project, which will contribute to the interlinking of the Balkans, and the modernization of some roads in the Sandak region, and with the Turkish Stream project, we are co-operating with Serbia in the field of energy."
The value of Turkish business people's investments in Serbia has exceeded $ 200m, Kasapoglu said, adding that it is pleasing that the bilateral trade volume has reached $ 1.2 billion in 2019.
Kasapoglu said Turkey is pleased that Serbia has made concrete progress in the EU negotiation process, which it launched in 2014, and hopes this process will be completed successfully.
After the speeches, Ambassador Markovic also showed Kasapoğlu the wooden place clock that Atatürk had given to King Aleksandar.