Posted on 13.05.2012 in Featured, Moldova, News

Turkey likely to lift visa regime for Moldova in second half of 2012

Iurie Leanka and Ahmet Davutoglu

An agreement on the cancellation of the visa regime between Moldova and Turkey and an accord on readmission between the two states are likely to be signed in Ankara, Turkey, in the second half of 2012.

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and European Integration Minister Iurie Leanca made a statement to this effect after a today’s meeting with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu, who leads a delegation on a two-day visit to Moldova. Leanca told a news conference that, on the immediately next period, experts from the two states will meet to negotiate provisions of the two documents, due to be signed by the Moldovan and Turkish prime ministers in Ankara as early as in the second half of 2012. In this context, Ahmet Davutoglu reiterated the intention to sign the two agreements in the nearest future, that will boost more the development of the Moldovan-Turkish bilateral relations.

The Turkish diplomat ascertained that the trade exchanges between the two states are on the rise. Thus, since 2003, this index has grown five-fold, reaching 450 million dollars. At the news conference, the two ministers signed an inter-governmental protocol on cooperation in the archives’ sector. The visit to Moldova by the foreign minister of Turkey is the first one by a head of the Turkish diplomacy in the history of the bilateral relations between the two countries, and is occasioned by the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic ties between Moldova and Turkey. The Turkish official has also scheduled meetings with President Nicolae Timofti and Prime Minister Vlad Filat. The agenda of the visit by the Ankara delegation also sees visiting the Gagauz-Yeri administrative and territorial unit from southern Moldova, where the Turkish officials will have meetings with the region’s leadership.

Source: Moldpres