Turkish foreign minister: Turkey faces toughest visa requirements from EU

November 22, 2011, Tuesday/ 16:17:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Monday complained in London that Turkey faces its harshest visa requirements from the European Union, according to an Anatolia news agency report.

Turkey has discovered the dynamism of its people, but the EU still needs time to discover Turkey, said Davutoğlu in his address at an award ceremony for the "Most Successful Turks" in London on Monday.

He noted that Turkey has signed visa exemption agreements with many countries.

Davutoğlu said Britain discovered the dynamism of the Turkish people earlier than many other countries, adding that the British people had much to do with the success of Turks living in Britain.

Pointing out the political and economic crises across Europe, Davutoğlu said Turkey is a rising force against those crises. He named Turkey's healthy and functioning democracy, economic growth and active foreign policy as the foundation for such a phenomenon.

Davutoğlu met with the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton in London.

Officials said Tuesday that Davutoğlu and Ashton discussed Turkey-EU relations and regional and international matters in their meeting.

Davutoğlu was accompanying Turkish President Abdullah Gül during his state visit to Britain. 

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