Slovenia will support Turkey in EU membership

Erjavec said Slovenia will support the country in its EU membership bid, and that it can expect Slovenia's support regarding visa liberalisation.

Erjavec said Slovenia will support the country in its EU membership bid, and that it can expect Slovenia's support regarding visa liberalisation.

ANKARA - Turkey and Slovenia need to develop their economic relations, and act together on regional and global issues, Turkey's Minister of Customs and Trade, Hayati Yazici said.

Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec assured Turkey that Slovenia will support the country in its EU membership bid, and that it can expect Slovenia's support regarding visa liberalization.

"The two countries' (Slovenia and Turkey) relations are at a high level. Slovenia wants Turkey to be in the EU as soon as possible."

Attending the closing ceremony of the fifth term meeting of the Turkey-Slovenia Joint Economic Commission, Yazici pointed out the importance of developing mechanisms to further trade and economic relations between the two countries.

The foreign trade volume between Turkey and Slovenia has increased significantly since 2002, reaching US$970 million at the end of 2013, Yazici said.

Meanwhile, Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec addressed the importance of cooperating in various fields, including energy and said he will discuss the issues of transit passes with the relevant ministries when he returns to Slovenia.

"We can cooperate in the agricultural and tourism sector. We also want some cooperation agreements to be signed in energy and transportation fields. I assume that we will take big steps until the next meeting in Slovenia," he added.

A protocol agreement was also signed between the two countries regarding cooperation in trade and economic issues.

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