Speaking at a news briefing in Ankara,Turkish Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın says they expect visa-free regime to be realized soon.
Turkish presidential spokesperson on Wednesday said visa liberalization with the European Union in 2018 will boost the country’s relations with the EU states.
Speaking at a news briefing in Ankara, İbrahim Kalın said they expect the visa-free regime to be realized soon.
"The launch of this [visa liberation] in 2018 will accelerate Turkey-EU relations," said Kalın.
Kalın said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will participate in a Turkey-EU summit scheduled to be held in Bulgaria’s Varna city on March 26.
'No contact with Assad regime'
Responding to a question about chances of a future contact with Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, Kalın said Turkey will not make such a move.
"We do not have any contact with the [Assad] regime, [and] currently establishing such a contact is out of question," said Kalın.
The question came following remarks by main opposition CHP Leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu that Turkey should meet with the Assad regime.
Kalın added that for a secure future Syria needs a state structure and a leadership which unite its various factions.
He said stakeholders in Syria are plotting to break it up, a situation which threatens its territorial integrity.
"What we call the 'regime' has also become part of this game," Kalın said.
Kalin also rejected propaganda spread against Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the last few days.
"I want to express once more that we regret this. Free Syrian Army is an important part of the legitimate Syrian opposition," he said.
Kalın added that attempts to paint FSA as a terror group are aiming to defame Turkey's Operation Olive Branch.
Speaking about the Syrian National Dialogue Conference held last week in Sochi, Russia, he said: "From our point of view, some mistakes were made."
As a result, some parts of the Syrian opposition did not participate in the summit, he said.
Kalın added that during the summit, an important step was taken to approach Astana and Geneva peace processes regarding Syria.
He said they are working on making a new trilateral summit between Turkey, Russia and Iran.