Syria cancels mutual visa waiver agreement with Turkey

Damascus, SANA – Syria has canceled the mutual visa waiver agreement signed with Turkey pursuant to the principle of reciprocity.

The decision, the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry explained in a statement, came in response to the Turkish government’s action taken on December 9, 2015 in which it unilaterally revoked the mutual visa exemption agreement signed between the two countries on October 13, 2009.

As per the agreement, the abolition will be in enforced after 30 days of the mentioned date, according to the statement.

“In assertion of the national sovereignty and pursuant to the principle of reciprocity, the Syrian government has decided on its part to cancel the aforementioned agreement and consequently not to allow Turkish nationals to enter Syria without a visa as of the aforesaid date,” said the Foreign Ministry’s statement.

The Ministry held the Turkish government responsible for the repercussions of these developments on the people of Syria and Turkey.

H. Zain/ H. Said

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