Abdullah Gül became the first Turkish president to visit Serbia in 23 years when he traveled to Belgrade on Sunday.

He met his Serbian counterpart Boris Tadich at a military ceremony at the office of the presidency on Monday morning. Following the bilateral meetings between the two presidents and delegations, five separate agreements were signed aimed at developing economic collaboration between Turkey and Serbia and cooperation in social security.

In a joint press conference following the signing of the agreements, Gül said the collaboration between Turkey and Serbia was based on mutual trust and friendship and that it helped develop the relationship between the two countries.

Gül said he appreciated Tadich’s strategy and vision for the Balkans and the relationship between Turkey and Serbia. “If the two countries maintain a close relationship and support the same policies, I believe there will be peace and security in the Balkans and this will also show its effects on Europe,” said Gül.