A Turkish state minister defined on Thursday the decision of the European Court of Justice as important.
Egemen Bagis, Turkey's state minister and chief negotiator for European Union (EU) talks, described the decision of the court as an important step for establishment of mutual partnership between Turkey and the EU authorities.
The court decided not to ask for visa from Turks who would go to Europe for business.
"This decision is an important step taken to eliminate the concerns that EU authorities are behaving Turks prejudicedly and biasedly and to establish mutual partnership," Bagis told AA correspondent.
Bagis said that this decision was also the ratification of the rights granted by the protocol adopted in 1970, and defined the decision as hope inspiring for elimination of problems Turkish citizens were facing in visa procedures.
"Turkey does not want any privilege from the EU, but we do neither accept any discriminative treatment," he said.
Bagis said that Turkey wants the union to regard the vested rights of Turkish citizens, and maintain full membership negotiations with Turkey as it did with other candidate countries.
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