Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
“On the occasion of the 88th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Turkey, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs extends its warmest congratulations to Turkey and the Turkish people.
The Romanian – Turkish relations have reached a special moment of their development: the political dialogue is frequent and the bilateral cooperation is very intense, working towards a Strategic Partnership. This year’s bilateral relation was marked by the visit of foreign affairs minister Baconschi to Ankara and minister Davutoglu to Bucharest, where he also addressed a speech to the Romanian Ambassadors, on the occasion of the Annual Reunion of the Romanian Diplomacy. President Traian Bãsescu is going to visit Ankara by the end of this year.
Romanian-Turkish relations have steadily grown into a mature and close cooperation, reflecting the two countries status as partners and allies, sharing common values and similar concerns in regional and global security and stability matters.
Romania is a strong and constant supporter of Turkey’s accession to the EU and attaches high importance to the cooperation in NATO and in the regional formats. Peace, security and stability in the Black Sea region and the Middle East, for promoting development and stability, represent a priority for both Romania and Turkey.
Cooperation in the Black Sea region is one of our priorities and we have an open and fruitful dialogue, in order to develop it. BSEC represents for both countries an extremely valuable forum for promoting prosperity and dialogue in our region, and we fully support its objectives and perspectives in the eve of its 20th anniversary, in 2012.
The bilateral relation is enhanced by a remarkable economic cooperation, with a great potential. Turkey is Romania’s fifth economic partner and the first economic partner outside the EU and within BSEC. In 2010 bilateral exchanges have reached 4,3 billion euro. The presence of a dynamic Turkish business community in Romania contributes to the expansion of our economic relations. Romanian businessmen are also encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities for investment and trade in Turkey.
On this happy occasion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expresses appreciation for the members of the Turkish community living in Romania, that constitute, together with the members of the Romanian community in Turkey, important links between the two countries.”