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Turkey and Serbia agree to improve security relations

Interior ministers agree to strengthen fight against organized crime, terrorism, drug trafficking

20.02.2019
Turkey and Serbia agree to improve security relations

By Talha Ozturk

BELGRADE, Serbia

The Turkish and Serbian interior ministers on Wednesday agreed to improve relations in the security sector.

Turkey's Suleyman Soylu hosted his Serbian counterpart Nebojsa Stefanovic in Istanbul on the sidelines of the 6th Ministerial Conference of Budapest Process, an interregional forum on migration.

According to a statement released by Soylu's office, strengthening bilateral economic co-operation was the theme of the meeting.

Stefanovic's office said that the ministers agreed to improve cooperation in the fight against organized crime, terrorism, and drug trafficking.

The ministers also agreed that both countries play an important role in resolving the problem of illegal migration and cooperation in the fight against human smuggling.

Turkey and Serbia have been improving their relations in many fields for the past few years. Both countries' officials describe the relations at their peak as of 2018. 

Soylu meets Hungarian minister

Earlier on Wednesday, Soylu also met Peter Szijjarto, the Hungarian minister of foreign affairs and trade, on the sidelines of the conference.

They discussed cooperation between the two countries as well as "the fight against all forms of terrorism" and migration.

They emphasized the strengthened economic relations between Ankara and Budapest.


* Ammar Nas from Istanbul contributed to this report

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