'Greece should not require visas from Turkish businessmen'

Chairman of Izmir Chamber of Commerce (IZTO) Ekrem Demirtas said Greece should remove the visa obstacle (in front of Turkish businessmen ) to make possible the trade volume between Turkey and Greece to reach 5 bn USD.

'Greece should not require visas from Turkish businessmen'

In a press release issued on Wednesday regarding the Turkish-Greek Business forum meeting organised by Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK), Demirtas said Greece should not require Schengen visa from Turkish businessmen.

"Visas should not be required especially in business trips to the Greek islands for a duration of less than 48 hours. Visa is for unwanted people and illegal immigrants. We are talking about Turkish citizens and businessmen here. In ten years our trade volume with Greece rose three times and reached 3bn USD. If some obstacles --like visas-- are removed it can reach 5bn USD," indicated Demirtas.

Recalling the remarks of Greek FM Theodora Bakoyianni saying "let's live together in the common European home," Demirtas said, "in a home, you won't be required visas to pass from one room to another, therefore we are asking Greece to remove the visa obstacle."


Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Aralık 2007, 16:15