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Turkey and Libya abolish visa barriers reciprocally
BayBak, Azerbaijan | 1276 days ago | Thursday, 26th November , 2009 , 03:07 [am] | Azerbaijan
|.|| Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan has paid a 2-day visit to Libya, with a group of businessmen and deputies accompanying him.
The contact of Turkish and Libyan authorities highlighted bilateral trade relations during the first visit at Prime Ministerial level after 13 years. Premier ErdoÄŸan met Libyan President
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan has paid a 2-day visit to Libya, with a group of businessmen and deputies accompanying him.
The contact of Turkish and Libyan authorities highlighted bilateral trade relations during the first visit at Prime Ministerial level after 13 years. Premier ErdoÄŸan met Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi and Prime Minister Baghdadi Al Mahmudi.
â€œWe have agreed to end visa requirements,â€ Libyan Prime Minister al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi announced after talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan in Tripoli. â€œWe have Eid al-Adha coming up. As of today, Turkish citizens can visit Libya and Libyan citizens can visit Turkey without having to obtain visas.â€
The lifting of the visa requirements came as Turkey works to strengthen trade ties with Libya. Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Zafer Ã‡aÄŸlayan, the minister for foreign trade, said Turkey has so far begun projects worth $21 billion in Libya. He added that Libya has promised to set aside business worth tens of billions of dollars to Turkish entrepreneurs.
Premier ErdoÄŸan and the Turkish delegation also attended Libya-Turkey business forum, which was be jointly organized by Libyan and Turkish business circles.
Libya offers lucrative business opportunities particularly for Turkeyâ€™s construction sector. Erdal Eren, head of Turkeyâ€™s contractorsâ€™ association, said since 2005, Turkish companies have won projects worth $11 billion from Libya and added that Libya offers $8-10-billion projects every year. Eren was optimistic that ErdoÄŸanâ€™s three-day visit will soon have positive impacts on business cooperation with Libya.
â€œFor the past two years, we have been telling our prime minister that our business volume with Libya has increased and that political relations should also expand in parallel to the growth in the business ties,â€ he told Anatolia news agency.trt, Voice of a Nation