Turkey will Boycott Meetings with the US Ambassador

Turkey will Boycott Meetings with the US Ambassador

Erdogan will travel with Vucic to the predominantly Muslim-populated southern Sandzak region of Serbia on Wednesday.

Poroshenko said that during the talks the two presidents had agreed to coordinate their actions on the issue of the Crimean Tatars imprisoned by the Russian Federation. "We can all see how our emotional connection has had a positive effect on our bilateral ties".

Erdogan said the $800 million of trade between the two countries "is not enough" and that it should increase sharply in the near future.

In the 1990s, Turkey backed Bosnian Muslims in the war that pitted them against the Orthodox Christian Serbs and Catholic Croats. "Today, Serbia considers Turkey as its friend". Serbia was ruled for nearly 500 years by the Ottoman Empire.

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President Erdogan Tuesday sought to personally blame U.S. Ambassador John Bass for the tensions.

In his speech, Erdogan urged that the Balkans' bloody past be replaced with unity among the region's many nations.

"Recent events have forced the Turkish government to reassess the commitment of the government of the U.S. to the security of the Turkish mission facilities and personnel", a statement posted on the Twitter account of the Turkish embassy in Washington DC said, closely mimicking the earlier USA notification.

"I use this opportunity to once again invite Turkish businesspeople to come and invest in Serbia now, especially when Halkbank is operating there", he said, referring to Turkey's large, state-owned bank. "We will preserve our friendship".

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