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Turkey abolishes visa requirement for Slovaks

Slovaks travelling to Turkey will no longer need a visa, Turkish President Abdullah Gül said after meeting his Slovak counterpart Ivan Gašparovič who is currently visiting the country. Gül added he expects the same proposal from the Slovak side, the TASR newswire reported on August 20.

Slovaks travelling to Turkey will no longer need a visa, Turkish President Abdullah Gül said after meeting his Slovak counterpart Ivan Gašparovič who is currently visiting the country. Gül added he expects the same proposal from the Slovak side, the TASR newswire reported on August 20.

Gašparovič welcomed the abolishment of the visa, saying he was expecting it. He added that Slovakia is in the process of liberalising its visa policy towards Turkey. Other than the visa policy the presidents discussed several other bilateral agreements.

“There are some contracts which are necessary to be closed, especially the agreement over support and mutual protection of investments which is expected to be passed by the Turkish government,” Gašparovič said, as quoted by the SITA newswire. “We are pleased by the level of economic relations and mutual business exchange which has, despite the economic crisis, stable and rising tendency.”

Gašparovič added that the mutual trade balance of the two countries is €1 billion a year.

The presidents also discussed the cooperation in defence, the possibility of building the memorial to Turkish soldiers who died in Slovakia, and foreign policy, including the Middle East, Syria, Egypt, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Cyprus, SITA wrote.

Meanwhile, Slovak Economy Minister Tomáš Malatinský and Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz signed a memorandum over cooperation in the energy sector.

“We want to support the participation of Slovak subjects on energy projects in Turkey,” Malatinský said, as quoted by SITA.

Based on the memorandum, both countries should cooperate in the area of renewable resources, construction of water or thermal power plants and nuclear energy.

The ministers also discussed the state of preparations and realisation of the energy projects in the Konya area in which Slovak energy companies should cooperate, and the possibilities for development of general economic-business relations, SITA wrote.

Source: TASR, SITA

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