Turkey, Moldova sign deal for visa-free regime
Turkey and Moldova have signed a deal to mutually eliminate visa requirements and also announced plans to soon sign a free trade agreement to boost ties.

The agreement was signed late on Thursday during a visit by Moldova's prime minister, Vladimir Filat, to Ankara. "The removal of visa requirements will have a positive impact on the economic, commercial, cultural, touristic and political fields," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at a joint news conference with Filat. He said the two countries also hope to increase their volume of trade, which currently stands at an annual $450 million, to $1 billion by 2015. "This is why we have given instructions to our relevant ministries regarding [preparation of] a free trade deal, which we want to conclude by the end of the year," said the prime minister.

Erdoğan also presented Filat with a replica of a sword of Moldova's national hero, Stefan the Great, who had successfully resisted the Hungarian, Polish and Ottoman armies and maintained independence of the medieval principality of Moldavia, land which is now divided amongst modern-day Moldova, Ukraine and Romania. Filat thanked Erdoğan for the gesture but asked him to bring along the original sword when he visits Moldova so that it can be displayed there temporarily.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CİHAN
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