Turkey, Kosovo sign strategy document, visa-free deal

Foreign ministers of Turkey and Kosovo signed two agreements in Kosovo's capital Pristina on Tuesday.

Turkey, Kosovo sign strategy document, visa-free deal

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan had a meeting with Kosovo's FM Skender Hyseni and signed a strategy document aiming to boost the relations between two countries and a mutual visa-free agreement after the meeting.

Babacan said that Kosovo had the will to contribute to peace and stability in the region.

In regard to the agreement on visa exemption, Babacan said, "after it comes into force, Kosovar people will be able to visit Turkey only with their passports without visa."

Replying to a question on United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's visit to Turkey and the role of Turkey in Gaza, Babacan said Turkey has been exerting great efforts for a truce in Gaza. "Turkey has been carrying out a busy diplomatic traffic in regard to the matter," he said.

Answering another question on Turkey's talks with Israel within the scope of the situation in Gaza, Babacan said, "Turkey has diplomatic relations with Israel. We are always ready for talks aiming at restoring lasting peace after a cease-fire in the region."

Kosovo's Foreign Minister Hyseni said that Turkey always supported Kosovo and the two countries shared common targets.

Turkey was a member of NATO and they expected Turkey to Kosovo on its membership to this organization.

In a separate meeting on Tuesday, Turkish businessmen accompanying Babacan had a meeting Kosovar entrepreneurs. Turkey-Kosovo Business Council was established within the scope of talks.

Last Mod: 14 Ocak 2009, 15:54
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