Tensions just lately soared between Serbia and Kosovo over a mutual refusal to acknowledge one another’s journey paperwork. The dispute was resolved via Western mediation however different issues stay. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 which Belgrade will not acknowledge.
“We’re prepared to increase our help and I hope that there’s now a optimistic acceleration which might be sustained within the Balkans, as a result of the Balkans can not tolerate these sort of issues,” Erdogan stated at a joint press convention with Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic.
Erdogan’s cease in Belgrade was a part of a tour of the Balkans. He visited Bosnia on Tuesday and on Thursday travels to Croatia the place he’ll inaugurate a mosque.
Turkey has in recent times ramped up its presence within the Balkans, each politically and economically. Primarily Muslim Bosniak communities in Bosnia and Serbia have shut relations with Ankara, whereas Turkish corporations have elevated funding in infrastructure tasks all through the area.
Erdogan additionally stated Turkey wish to assist three rival ethnic teams in Bosnia “discover reconciliation.” Tensions there even have been simmering following the devastating 1992-95 conflict.
Erdogan and Vucic oversaw the signing of a string of cooperation agreements, together with abolishing passports and simplifying journey between the 2 international locations via using id playing cards solely. Serbia additionally requested for Turkey’s assist to provide electrical energy from Azerbaijan via the approaching winter amid a continent-wide vitality disaster, Vucic stated.