Turkish, Polish leaders discuss visa issue

Prime Minister Erdogan said, "we decided to take necessary steps to ease visa proceedings as of February 2011"

Turkish, Polish leaders discuss visa issue

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the issue of visa was high on his meeting with Prime Minister Donald Tusk of Poland, who is currently paying an official visit to Turkey.

Prime Minister Erdogan said at a joint news conference with his Polish counterpart, "we decided to take necessary steps to ease visa proceedings as of February 2011"

"Tomorrow, we will attend Turkey-Poland Business Forum. I believe that the meeting will yield important results. We want to increase our trade volume with Poland up to 7 billion USD in 2013. During tomorrow's meeting, Turkish and Polish entrepreneurs will discuss investments in defense industry, energy, infrastructure and tourism," he said.

When asked by a Polish journalist whether Armenian allegations about 1915 incidents would have an impact on Turkey's membership to the EU, Prime Minister Erdogan said, "we saw that those who approved resolutions about this issue at their parliaments did not know anything about it. There is no such a chapter heading in the EU membership negotiation. So it cannot affect it."

Tusk said that Turkey's EU membership was "unquestionable" for Poland.

Tusk said that they took up bilateral relations and infrastructure projects in the meeting.

Tusk said Poland was eager to fulfill big infrastructure projects in the next 10 years, stating that a Turkish company assumed the project on the second underground line to be constructed in Warsaw.

Turkish and Polish authorities will hold talks on changing visa procedure between the two countries and Polish authorities would work on facilitating the procedure, he said. Tusk said that European authorities should act in a more sensitive way in regard to the matter.


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