World Bulletin / News Desk
Speaking at a news briefing in Ankara, Ibrahim Kalin said they expect the visa-free regime to be realized soon.
"The launch of this [visa liberation] in 2018 will accelerate Turkey-EU relations," said Kalin.
Kalin said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will participate in a Turkey-EU summit scheduled to be held in Bulgaria’s Varna city on March 26.
Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik said Ankara had finalized a draft document for Turkish citizens to travel to Schengen countries visa-free and would be submitting it to the EU Commission soon.
Under a EU-Turkey readmission agreement signed in March 2016, Ankara is supposed to readmit all irregular asylum seekers who reach Greek islands from Turkey.
Visa liberalization for Turkish citizens traveling to Schengen zone countries is one of the key EU promises made under the deal.
Turkey has no plans to go to the IMF for support over its currency crisis, Finance Minister Albayrak says
Under the new decision, popular U.S. franchises such as fast food giants McDonald’s and Burger Kıng, in addition to café mogul Starbucks, would be unable to open new branches in the district
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Emmanuel Macron agree to have their economy ministers to meet at earliest opportunity
Migrants held in southern Hatay, southwestern Mugla, western Aydin, Aegean Izmir provinces
A terror base in Bingol province targeted by Turkish army airstrikes, says General Staff
Presidential communications chief says Turkish nation will not forget those who stood with, and those who stood against it
Doha’s ambassador to Ankara reiterates his country’s support for Turkey following imposition of US sanctions
Binali Yildirim says Turkey, with all of its political parties, showed determined stance against attacks on economy
Recep Tayyip Erdogan set to pay official visit to Germany on Sept. 28-29
Latest moves by the US against Turkey opened the world's eyes, says foreign minister
Turkey's MHP head Devlet Bahceli says handover of pastor Brunson may happen if US extradites FETO terror leader to Turkey
We have doubled tariffs on 22 products coming from US, says Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan
Presidential aide Kalin slams US authority for not taking concrete steps in Turkey’s 'rightful national security matters'
Indonesian Council of Ulama expresses solidarity with Turkey against US economic attack