Turkey working to lift visa requirement for Thai nationals

Erdogan said a 30-day visa waiver has already helped increase the number of Thai tourists visiting Turkey

Turkey working to lift visa requirement for Thai nationals

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday a 30-day visa waiver between Turkey and Thailand had increased the number of Thai tourists visiting Turkey, adding that his government was working on to lift visa requirements on Thai nationals completely.

Spaeking at a press conference in Istanbul with his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra, Erdogan said there was a strong and close relationship between Turkey and Thailand, adding "we endeavor to promote futher the relations between our two nations."

"About 50 thousand Turkish tourists visited Thailand last year. The number Thai tourists visiting Turkey has also increased thanks to a 30-day visa waiver since July last year. Turkey is working on lifting visas completely between the two countries," Erdogan said.

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, on her part, said "we are in a close relationship with Turkey on the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Today, we decided to improve our ties even further."

Earlier today, Turkey and Thailand signed an extradition agreement, and two MoUs to boost cooperation.

Separately, Erdogan also hosted a dinner in the honor of his counterpart.

Trading volume between two countries hovers around $1.5 billion.

In 2012, Thailand's exports to Turkey reached $1.1 billion, while Turkey's exports to Thailand amounted to $243 million.

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