December 21, 2020 | tourism

Iraq and Turkey to Resume Visa-Free Travel Deal

ERBIL — Iraq and Turkey will soon discuss the resumption of the 2009’s Visa-Free Travel for their citizens after Turkish security concerns seem to be addressed.

Baghdad and Ankara previously had an agreement which allowed their citizens to travel to the neighbor country without a visa or at least with an electronic visa or visa on arrival.

However, after the emergence of the Islamic State (IS) in 2014, Turkey suspended the deal for security concerns.

The issue was reportedly discussed between foreign ministers from Iraq and Turkey on December 16. Later on during Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s visit to Ankara where he met with the Turkish president, they also discussed the visa-free travel.

“An agreement on visa-free travel would be a symbolic step toward a stronger Iraq-Turkey partnership, notwithstanding recent frustrations in Baghdad about the Turkish military conduct,” Samuel Ramani, a Middle East analyst told Arab News.


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