Sunday, 14 April 2013 11:16

Turkish PM's visit allows visa-free entry to Mongolia

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turkish-prime-minister-visits-mongoliaPrime Minister of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is paying an official visit to Mongolia by the invitation of his Mongolian counterpart, Mr. Altankhuyag Norov. His visit started on April 11th, 2013 during which he was received by the President of Mongolia, Mr. Elbegdorj Tsakhia and Speaker of the Parliament, Mr. Enkhbold Z.

As a result of the visit, numerous agreements have been reached with one being for the citizens of both countries for visa-free entry to Turkey and Mongolia.

The governments of Mongolia and Turkey have also reached certain agreements to work jointly on developing infrastructures necessary for re-planning and constructing apartment houses at ger district territories, for processing and production of leathers, skins, wool and cashmere products; for the development of tourism. Mongolia is interested in Turkish PM’s previous experience as a city mayor who built apartment houses for 400 thousand families in Turkey before his appointment as a Prime Minister.

This visit of Turkish Prime Minister is his second visit to Mongolia since 2005. Turkish PM noted that successful cooperation between the two countries should continue in every sector

Speaker of the Mongolian parliament, Mr. Enkhbold stated that the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency – TIKA has financed the building of 46 km road from Kharkhorin town to ruins of the ancient city Khushuu Tsaidam where the Monument Complex of Bilge Khan of Turkic period is located, making it easier for tourists to access the ancient site.Turkish_airlines_Istanbul_Ulaanbaatar

During the visit, air service between Turkey and Mongolia was another important topic. In July, 2012 Turkish Airlines commenced Istanbul - Ulaanbaatar regular flights twice a week. According to the Turkish PM, Turkish Airline will increase flight frequency to daily basis.

Proposals for cargo flight between Istanbul – Bishkek  – Ulaanbaatar – Seoul three times a week by airlines of both countries as well as building of international airport at Kharkhorin  town were made.

So far, Turkey has invested USD 36 million to Mongolia and aims to increase this amount particularly for energy and infrastructure fields. "Since citizens of both countries will now have visa-free entry, I hope that the number of mutual visits will increase along with flight frequencies", Turkish PM told to reporters. "Currently the volume of trade between two countries is small. But we think it will grow fast, reaching our goal of USD 250 million by 2015." he added.



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