Turkey pushes for visa-free zone with Egypt

Turkey pushes for visa-free zone with Egypt


“Through this a common destination can be created and we may increase interest of the world to the region,” Gunay said speaking at a joint news conference with Egyptian Tourism Minister Zoheir Garanah, who was in Turkey as the honorary guest of the 14th East Mediterranean and Eurasia Tourism and Travel Fair (EMITT 2010).

Gunay said relations between Turkey and Egypt on tourism were below the potential and should be boosted.

“Turkey and Egypt are important countries of the Middle East and the world with respect to tourism,” Gunay said, expressing Turkey’s readiness for cooperation with Cairo in order to raise number of tourists.

Garanah said that his country was continuously improving its services and quality of their facilities.

Following Turkey’s recent diplomatic initiatives and its “zero problem with neighbors” policy, a number of countries have already lifted visa requirements with Turkey, including Syria, Libya, Lebanon and Jordan.

Egypt, however, has remained obstinate against the possible visa-free zone purposed by Ankara.