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Turkish parliament speaker calls to ease visa requirements for Russia

December 24, 2017, 15:35 UTC+3 ISLAMABAD

According to Ismail Kahraman, this year the number of Russian tourists has exceeded 4 million people

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ISLAMABAD, December 24. /TASS/. Turkey’s Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman has called to simplify visa requirements for the citizens of Russia and Turkey.

"We would like to put forward a request to ease visa regime for the citizens of our countries," Kahraman said at a meeting with State Duma (lower house) Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.

Volodin is attending the first regional interparliamentary conference in Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad devoted to security and anti-terror fight. Parliament speakers from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey and China are also taking part in the forum.

The Turkish parliament speaker said this year has seen a growth in tourism to Turkey. According to him, the number of Russian tourists has exceeded 4 million people.

"2019 has been called a year of culture and tourism in bilateral relations," Kahraman said, voicing hope that this will enhance ties.

Ankara is also interested in opening a Turkish culture center in Moscow, he added.

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