Turkey aims to create a free trade zone without visa restrictions with Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, the country's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday at a Turkish-Arab Forum.
Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria signed a joint declaration on Thursday to launch an initiative to form a free trade zone and a visa-free zone. These nations will also set up a joint cooperation council.
The declaration, announced at the end of the meeting of foreign ministers of the Turkish-Arab Cooperation Forum held in Istanbul, said that Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria has taken aim at cooperation on several fields, including trade, customs, agriculture, health and energy.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek and Arab League's Secretary General Amr Moussa are among the participants of the opening session.
Turkey has boosted relations with its neighbours in recent years, raising trade volume.
"We want a vehicle to leave from Turkey and reach Morocco without stopping at any border gates," said Davutoglu.
Twenty-one countries are participating in the foreign ministers meeting besides Turkey and the Arab League. They are Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Palestine, Comoro Islands, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Mauritania, Qatar, Oman, Syria, Tunisia, Jordan, Algeria, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Yemen.