President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday expressed hope that visa-free travel for Turks to the passport-free Schengen area would help accelerate Turkey's long-running membership bid to join the European Union.
"I hope that the visa exemption... will constitute a positive step in fulfilling the promises made and speed up the accession process," Erdogan said in a statement, reaffirming EU membership as a "strategic goal" for Ankara.
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