DAMASCUS – The Syrian government canceled on Thursday the agreement on mutual exemption of visas with Turkey under the “principle of reciprocity” after Ankara adopted this measure on Syria just over a week ago.
In a statement released by the official Sana news agency, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said it has decided to take this action after the Turkish government unilaterally revoked on Dec. 9 the agreement on mutual exemption of visas signed by both states in 2009.
According to Damascus, the cancellation will take effect in 30 days, after which it will not allow Turkish nationals to enter Syria without a visa.
The Syrian foreign ministry accused the Turkish government of being responsible for the impact of this measure on the Turkish and Syrian citizens.
Relations between Syria and Turkey have been strained from the start of the Syrian conflict in March 2011.