Turkey and Portugal decided Wednesday to mutually lift visa procedures for Turkish and Portuguese citizens carrying special and service passports.
Paying a one-day visit to the Portugal's capital Lisbon, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with his Portuguese counterpart Luis Amado.
During their gathering, the two ministers signed an agreement envisaging the mutual lifting of visa procedures for each other's citizens with special and service passports, and afterwards, the ministers held a joint press conference.
Speaking at the conference, Davutoglu said the trade volume between Turkey and Portugal had reached 826 million USD in 2009, adding the two countries had a huge potential to increase such figure.
Speaking at the conference, Portuguese Minister Amado said Turkey had carried out a high-level and active foreign policy in the recent term.
Expressing his country's support for Turkey's EU bid, Amado said that Portugal hoped the membership negotiations would be concluded as soon as possible.
Upon a question on Iran's nuclear program, Davutoglu said Turkey did not want any nuclear weapon systems in its region, moreover, it believed the situation in Iran would be solved through diplomatic means.
"We want to facilitate the diplomacy traffic, because we believe diplomacy is the best way for a solution," he said.
Commenting on the recent Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, Davutoglu said such issue did not only concern Turkey and Israel, but it was a problem between Israel and international committees.
Referring to his recent phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Davutoglu said several U.S. newspapers' statements about the content of the talk, which claimed that Clinton asked Turkey to step out of the negotiation process with Iran, did not reflect the reality.
Davutoglu said he had held a very constructive conversation with Clinton, adding USA had asked for Turkey's support for EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy Catherine Ashton's upcoming meeting with Iran's Chief Nuclear Negotiator Saeed Jalili.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 15 Temmuz 2010, 17:31