Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that the brotherly countries of central Asia could implement a visa system similar to the Schengen region within the European Union (EU).
Erdogan attended a ceremony in Bishkek to inaugurate the new chancellery building of the Turkish Embassy.
Speaking at the ceremony, Erdogan said that he hoped the new building would contribute to Turkish-Kyrgyz brotherhood.
"We felt a similar joy when Kyrgyzstan had declared its independence," Erdogan said.
By the beginning of 2012, our citizens will no longer need visas to visit Kyrgyzstan and vice versa. We are about to finalize visa liberalization with Kyrgyzstan soon, Erdogan said.
You will be able to travel without visas between the two countries. This is an indication of mutual trust, Erdogan said.
As you know, the European Union has an implementation called Schengen. If they can implement Schengen there, we could implement a similar system within the brotherly countries of central Asia. It is interesting to see that the EU does not require visas from the citizens of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, countries that do not have as close relations as Turkey does with the EU. We are a country conducting entry negotiations with the EU and, despite this reality, they are still asking for visas from Turkish citizens, Erdogan said.
Following his speech, Erdogan had a tour of the new chancellery building.
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