Turkey hopes for quick normalization of soured bilateral ties with US

Turkey hopes for quick normalization of soured bilateral ties with US

Turkey hopes for quick normalization of soured bilateral ties with US

"We, as Turkey, will not give up on common sense at a time when regional and global tensions have been rising", said Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in a speech to provincial governors in Ankara.

In the Serbian capital, Erdogan held talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic that focused on trade and investment, but also touched on political relations in the region.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has said that Ukraine and Turkey intend to deepen strategic partnership, and a direct telephone line has been set up between the presidents of the two countries. "We can all see how our emotional connection has had a positive effect on our bilateral ties". -Turkish tensions have risen over USA military support for Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria, considered by Ankara to be an extension of the banned PKK, which has waged an insurgency for three decades in southeast Turkey.

"This is not 1389, but 2017", Vucic said, referring to the year when the Ottoman occupation of Serbia started.

Turkey backed Bosnian Muslims in the 1990s war that pitted them against the Christian Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croats.

Sandzak, where many people consider Bosnia or Turkey - rather than Serbia - as their motherland, has remained peaceful but tense over the years. A banner in Novi Pazar on Wednesday showed Gulen dressed in a prison uniform.

But a later version said: "This measure will apply to sticker visas as well as e-Visas and border visas", leaving open the question of whether U.S. travellers who already have visas would be allowed to enter Turkey.

"We have felt at home during this visit to Serbia", Erdogan said.

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