The Turkish Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency Madam Penbe Nesrin Bayazit, has advised that Ghanaians with diplomatic passports do not need visas to travel to Turkey. She said the Turkish government has put in place a Mutual Abolition of Visas Protocol allowing Ghanaians with diplomatic passports who wish to travel to her country to do so without the need of a visa.
She is therefore encouraging the affected Ghanaians who wish to visit or do business in Turkey to feel free to travel there.
Madam Bayazit said this when she met with the Minister for Defence, Hon Dominic Nitiwul, at The Square.
The Ambassador, however, expressed concern about the non-implementation of some agreements and protocols signed between the two countries and urged the Minister to assist in facilitating their implementation. She particularly referred to a Framework Agreement on Military Cooperation which, she said, has yet to see the light of day.
On his part, Hon Nitiwul agreed with the Ambassador that Ghanaians should take advantage of the opportunity provided by Turkey as mentioned by Madam Bayazit. He added that it was important that Ghanaians made good use of the opportunity.
He also indicated that the Ministry would forward to the Turkish Embassy some suggestions in relation to some of the draft agreements mentioned for further deliberations.
Madam Bayazit was at The Square as part of efforts to strengthen relations between the two countries.
Also at the meeting were the Chief Director at the Ministry, Dr Evans A. Dzikunu, and other senior civilian and military staff of the Ministry.