Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Turkish firms to double workforce in Serbia in 2018 - Erdogan

Turkish firms to double workforce in Serbia in 2018 - Erdogan

Relations between Serbia and Turkey have improved recent years, after decades of mistrust between the two nations.

In a blunt and personal criticism directed at Bass, Erdogan said the USA envoy acted unilaterally in suspending US visa services in Turkey after the arrest of Topuz. It said the measures would apply to e-Visas, visas issued at borders and visas in passports.

The dispute blew up last week when Turkey arrested a Turkish employee of the American consulate on suspicion of links to the group blamed for last year's failed coup. The U.S. Embassy said it was "deeply disturbed" by the arrest.

According to Turkish media, Metin Topuz has been accused by the country's authorities of undermining the constitutional order, espionage and an attempt to overthrow the Turkish government.

The U.S. statement said the suspension of non-immigrant visa services was "effective immediately" to minimize visitor numbers to the U.S. Embassy and Consulate for now.

Turkey says doesn't need U.S. permission to prosecute citizen
Erdogan suggested last month Turkey could release him in exchange for Gulen but Washington showed little interest in the proposal. Ties have also frayed over the refusal of the United States to extradite Gulen, and its support for Kurdish militias in Syria.

Relations between Turkey and the US have been tense over disagreements on Syrian Kurdish militants, which the USA backs in the war against the Islamic State group. "Today, Serbia considers Turkey as its friend".

Erdogan arrived in Belgrade on October 10 on a two-day visit that analysts say is a bid to increase Ankara's clout in the Balkans.

Vucic conceded in his address that he will "not be greeted half as (warmly) as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan".

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday stepped up one of the worst rows in decades between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies by saying Turkey no longer regarded ambassador John Bass as the U.S. representative in the country.

Erdogan has praised Vucic for supporting him during last year's failed coup that he blames on the movement led by USA -based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who denied involvement. Gulen has denied any role in the failed coup.

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