Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Novi Pazar, where he said that “Turkey and the Sandzak region” have special relations.
“Novi Pazar is my native land. Your happiness is our happiness, your pain is our pain,” Erdogan said.
Erdogan and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday a meeting with mayors and presidents of the municipalities of Novi Pazar, Raska, Kraljevo, Sjenica, Tutin, Prijepolje, Nova Varos and Priboj.
Prior to this, a large number of Novi Pazar residents welcomed by two presidents.
Novi Pazar, the largest town in Serbia’s southwestern region known informally as Sandzak – home to a large Muslim (Bosniak) minority – is today decorated with billboards with Erdogan’s images, flags of Serbia and Turkey, and Bosniak flags.
Erdogan is on a two-day state visit to Serbia that started on Tuesday.
“I know that I will not be welcomed half as well as the president of Turkey, but I have enough courage and clear conscience to be able to come before you and tell you that I have worked and will work in the best interests of you and every citizen of Serbia,” Aleksandar Vucic told the citizens of Novi Pazar in a joint address with Erdogan.
“Our job is to work as much as we can and to develop all parts of Serbia and invest more and more money,” the president said and announced a project to build the Pozega-Boljare road.
“We want to connect this area with Belgrade and Sarajevo and Podgorica,” Vucic said.
“Our job is to build roads, hospitals, kindergartens and schools, and we will continue to work and there is nothing more important than that,” he said.