Turkey, Kyrgyzstan to deepen ties, abolish visa requirement

Today’s Zaman - Turkish and Kyrgyz leaders announced on Wednesday that they have taken significant steps that will help take bilateral relations between the countries to a strategic level. They include the establishment of a high-level strategic cooperation council and the abolishment of visa requirements for their nationals.

The announcement came from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a joint press conference following talks with his Kyrgyz counterpart, Almazbek Atambayev, in Bishkek.

“On this occasion, we have made a joint decision to establish the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council,” Erdogan was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency.

Following consultations between the two countries’ foreign ministries, the first meeting of the council will be held in Turkey in March, he added. Furthermore, with regard to the idea behind the establishment of the joint council, Erdogan said it is of utmost importance for the two countries’ business associations, as well as various state bodies, to regularly meet and discuss ways to boost bilateral economic relations.
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