Turkey says injustice corrected with proposal to lift EU visas

Turkey welcomes the European Union proposal on lifting visa requirements for Turkish citizens visiting the bloc.

"There was an injustice and this injustice is corrected." Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tells journalists, saying Turks had long deserved visa-free entry into the Schengen area.

Turkey's aim remains full membership in the EU, he adds.

The EU wants Turkish citizens to have biometric passports to take advantage of visa free travel. Cavusoglu says he does not expect any major problems in this area, with authorities set to issue passports which fully meet EU standards from October.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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