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Balkan stability crucial for Europe, world: Turkish parliament chief

Turkey's regional stabilizing role is 'very important,' says Serbian parliament head during visit by Turkish counterpart

Talha Ozturk   | 22.12.2021
Balkan stability crucial for Europe, world: Turkish parliament chief

BELGRADE, Serbia

Stability in the Balkans is extremely important for the region, Europe, and the world, Turkey's parliament speaker said on Wednesday.

"Lasting peace and stability in the Balkans is of great importance not only for the region, but also for Europe and the world," Mustafa Sentop said, addressing a joint news conference with Ivica Dacic, the head of Serbia's parliament.

For his part, Dacic said Turkey's stabilizing role in the region was "very important," adding: "That's why Serbia wants to develop fraternal and friendly relations with Turkey and seek common interests, as well as serve as a link for pursuing common interests with Bosniak Muslims in our region."

After the joint press conference, Sentop left a message in the guest book in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and visited the assembly premises.

Earlier in the day, Sentop was received by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

"We will never forget that you called our president right after the treacherous coup attempt on July 15 in 2016," said Sentop, referring to the defeated 2016 coup organized by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) in Turkey.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, in Turkey, in which 251 people were killed and 2,734 injured.

Vucic emphasized that he would always support developing and maintaining high-level relations with Turkey.

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