Turkey to take step for visa exemption for Slovakians

Erdogan said Turkey in return expected visa exemption from Slovakia for Turks providing services.

Turkey to take step for visa exemption for Slovakians

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said Turkey would move to lift visa requirement for Slovak nationals, adding that his country expected Slovakia to do same for Turkish nationals who would visit the eastern European country to provide services.

"We will take the step for visa exemption as soon as I return home and I believe Slovakia's lifting visa requirement for our businesspeople, scholars, students, artists and sportspeople would move our relations to a higher level," Erdogan told a joint press conference with his Slovakian counterpart Robert Fico in capital Bratislava, the last stop of the Turkish premier's three-nation Eastern European tour.

Erdogan said Turkey and Slovakia had a bilateral trade volume of over $1.5 billion, adding that energy could be a major field for cooperation between the two countries and that Turkey had recently passed a new incentive package for investors.

The Turkish premier also thanked for Slovkia's support for Turkey's European Union membership accession process.

Responding to a question whether Turkey would ever consider withdrawing its EU membership bid, Erdogan said, "it has been 50 years and we are still at the door [...] But nevertheless we carry on with patience and we are committed to carry on but for how long is a topic of another discussion. And of course at some point we may put an end to it."

 

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