Official Ankara plans to abolish visas for Turkic countries
Istanbul-based Zaman newspaper reported Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul as saying that Turkey intended to unilaterally abolish visa regime with Turkic-speaking countries. The resolution was already forwarded to the president, Gul said.
Visa regime abolition will apply to countries like Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Citizens of Georgia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait already require no visas to visit Turkey.
According to the diplomat, the idea was discussed with Turkish ambassadors to these countries a month ago. "Turkey will become the second home for all Moslems and Turks," Gul said.