Tuesday, 14 April 2015

National Assembly Speaker Continues Visit to Turkey, Meeting with Davutoğlu Next

On the second day of the official visit to Turkey, the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Maja Gojkovic will meet with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.

Yesterday, Gojkovic began the visit to Turkey by meeting with the Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil Çiçek and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The officials stressed that the two countries clearly share the same interest – to expand cooperation in various spheres, at the parliamentary level and in the sphere of economy, with a special focus on trade, investment and infrastructure.

Gojkovic said that her visit to Turkey testifies to the wish to improve relations and is a step toward intensifying political and economic cooperation, as well as cooperation at the parliamentary level.

Gojkovic and Erdoğan agreed that there is room to improve economic cooperation. Gojkovic said that Serbia is open to Turkish investments, and Erdoğan that Turkey is interested in investing into Serbia which he would discuss with Turkish businessmen. The opening of the “Jeanci” factory in Krupanj and the purchase of Cacak Bank were listed as positive examples.

Yesterday, Gojkovic and Çiçek signed a Protocol of Cooperation between the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and the Turkish Grand National Assembly which would enable the strengthening of interparliamentary dialogue and exchange of information and views on issues of bilateral, regional and international importance.

On the occasion, Gojkovic said that the Protocol would stimulate cooperation between the two assemblies’ friendship groups and working bodies in the exchange of experiences in Euro-integration, economy and education, and Çiçek said that the two parliament speakers would do all in their power to deepen the relations between the two countries, and the signing of the Protocol of Cooperation proves it.

The meetings also touched on regional cooperation, infrastructural projects and energy security in the region.

The delegation of the Serbian National Assembly also includes the Head of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Turkey Zoran Babic.

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