Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met today with his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vučić, to discuss trade agreements and Turkey’s influence in the region. The current trade exchange between the two countries is $800 million, which Erdoğan noted “is not enough.” The two countries have shared a tumultuous history – the Ottoman Empire occupied Serbia for 500 years beginning in 1389. Despite the difficult past, Vučić affirmed, “This is not 1389, but 2017. Today Serbia considers Turkey its friend.” The two will travel together to the Novi Pazar in the Muslim dominated Sandžak region on Wednesday. (ABC News, photo courtesy of the Associated Press)
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