FM welcomes Estonia's support for Turkey's EU bid

Babacan said Turkey and Estonia had good relations, and recalled that Turkey was one of the countries that did not recognize former Soviet Union's occupation of Estonia.

FM welcomes Estonia's support for Turkey's EU bid
Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said on Friday that Turkey welcomed strong support of Estonia in its EU membership process.

Babacan, currently on a formal visit to Tallin, met members of Estonian Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee and an Estonian delegation led by Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Paet, Babacan said Turkey and Estonia had good relations, and recalled that Turkey was one of the countries that did not recognize former Soviet Union's occupation of Estonia.

Babacan referred to gradually improving economic relations between Turkey and Estonia, and noted that legal framework facilitating visa exemption for Estonian citizens was concluded.

He said the agreement would take effect by mid-July, "Estonian citizens may enter to Turkey being exempt from visa," he noted.

"Cyprus issue was assessed during the meeting. Both Paet and I are optimistic as leaders of the both parties in the island met. Turkey backs the new process and political will is an important factor," Babacan said.

Babacan said Turkey and Estonia share many common values like democracy and rule of law.

Estonian Foreign Minister Paet thanked to Turkey's support to Estonia's NATO membership.

Underlining the close cooperation between the two parties, Paet welcomed Turkey's decision to exempt Estonian citizens from visa in entering to Turkey.

"If Turkey meets Copenhagen criteria, it should be accepted to the union," he said, adding that there should be direct flights between Turkey and Estonia.

Commenting on Iraq problem, Paet said Turkey was a neighbor of Iraq and called for restoration of stability in this country.

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