Turkey to change Visa procedure for Kurdistan

The Turkish Consulate General visited Erbil Provincial Council to reaffirm his country's support for the Kurdistan Region and to discuss new Visa procedures.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Turkish Consulate General visited Erbil Provincial Council to reaffirm his country's support for the Kurdistan Region and to discuss new Visa procedures.

Mehmet Akif Inam, the Turkish consulate in Erbil, and Ali Rasheed, head of the Erbil Provincial Council, held a meeting on Sunday where the representatives of all political parties were present.

In a press conference, Rasheed said, “This is part of our continuous meetings with the Turkish consulate where all representatives in the council have raised the importance of having good relations with Turkey.”

“We have asked Turkey to help with some of Erbil governorate projects, such as providing three ambulances for Peshmerga forces, renovating some schools and orphanages and providing buses for students, drilling some water wells, and building sports centers,” Rasheed added.

According to Rasheed, all the projects will be fully funded by Turkey.

“The Turkish Consulate promised to review the procedure and mechanism for obtaining Turkish Visas for all four governorates of the Kurdistan Region so that the people of Kurdistan can visit Turkey easily,” Rasheed said.

Rasheed revealed that they also asked Turkey to stop bombing parts of the Region where Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters are stationed because the shelling has damaged civilian and public properties.

Inam added, “We had an important meeting with Erbil Provincial Council…and we will work to improve the relations with the Iraqi Kurdistan Region in all aspects, especially considering the Islamic State (IS) threat and the economic crisis facing the Region.”

“Turkey is currently working on finding proper mechanisms to implement the projects they have been asked to fund, and in the near future, you will be notified what these projects are about,” Inam told the reporters.

In early February, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced in a statement the introduction of more strict measures for the citizens of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq to attain Turkish visas.

“The changes are in line with our country's determination to fight illegal immigration,” the statement said. The report added that people can apply for entry visas online and later receive them from the Turkish consulate or the embassy in Iraq.

 

Reporting by Baxtiyar Goran

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany