Turkish FM appeals for lifting visa requirements
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on the European Union to lift its visa requirements for Turkish citizens and praised Turkey-Slovakia relations on Wednesday, Anadolu agency reported.
Davutoglu visited EU member Slovakia to promote relationship with that country and the region.
During his one day visit to Bratislava, Davutoglu has met with his Slovakian counterpart Miroslav Lajcak and held a joint press conference.
Lajcak praised Turkey's decision to lift visa requirement for Slovakian citizens. In response, Davutoglu said Turkey awaits similar step from Bratislava and its lobby within the EU for Turkish citizens. Commenting on bilateral relationship, Davutoglu said two countries has increased their ties, adding that presidents and prime ministers have made mutual visits in recent years.
Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu also requested Slovakia's help for Cyprus issue. He pointed that Turkey and Northern Cyprus showed sincere effort to solve that long-stalled issue and voiced his hope that negotiation process can start again within a few months.
During the visit, Davutoglu was received by Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico. During the talks, Davutoglu and Fico discussed bilateral, regional and international developments, according to diplomatic sources.
Following the visit, Davutoglu departed for Hungary to attend Visegrad Group meeting.