Turkey, Georgia agree on 'entry by ID'

Davutoglu met with his Georgian counterpart Grigol Vashadze as part of his official visit to Tbilisi.

Turkey, Georgia agree on 'entry by ID'

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with his Georgian counterpart Grigol Vashadze as part of his official visit to Tbilisi.

Besides Turkey-Georgia bilateral relations, recent regional and global developments were high on agenda of the meeting. The two ministers also discussed restoration of historical and cultural heritage.

Davutoglu said at a joint press conference with his Georgian counterpart following their tete-a-tete meeting, "our citizens will be able to pass the Turkey-Georgia border with their ID cards instead of passports soon. We have agreed to initiate the necessary works to this end. We have also agreed to finalize construction of Muratli, Camili and Cildir Aktas border crossings between our countries."

"We will take some tangible steps for protection of our common cultural heritage since we consider it as a significant cooperation area. We will carry our restoration of historical monuments, churches and mosques in Turkey, in Batumi and in Adjara Autonomous Region," he said.

Referring to recent developments in Tunisia and Egypt, Davutoglu said, "we think that historic and positive developments have occurred in northern Africa. We believe that democratic values will contribute to efforts to ensure stability and peace in the region. People in Tunisia and Egypt want a powerful political rule based on democratic rights and human rights."

Following the news conference, Davutoglu was received by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and Parliament Speaker David Bakradze.

He told reporters before departing from Tbilisi that Georgian authorities would release Turkish-flagged ship Afrosak soon.

"I informed President Saakashvili and Foreign Minister Vashadze on problems faced by Turkish businessmen operating in Georgia. They pledged to do their utmost to resolve those problems," he said.

Davutoglu added that his Georgian counterpart and he agreed in principle to pave the way for Turkish and Georgian citizens to travel without passports.

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