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December 6, 2021

Minister Bogdan Aurescu: Relationship with Turkey is one of Romania’s key priorities

Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu met Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during the latter’s official visit to Bucharest, a visit taking place at the invitation of his Romanian counterpart.

According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) communiqué, Bogdan Aurescu emphasized that the relationship with Turkey represents one of Romania’s key priorities, considering the high level of bilateral relations, the intense political dialogue seen in recent years as well as the two countries’ joint interests at bilateral, regional and international levels.

“We had an extended exchange of views on the implementation levels of the Strategic Partnership and its related Action Plan. The economic dimension of our strategic partnership currently brings major benefits to both sides. Together with the Turkish Foreign Minister I encouraged the boosting of economic relations between our countries and the intensification of trade, which currently stands at USD 6 bln, in order to attain the jointly-established target of USD 10 bln in the next 4-5 years. In fact, Turkey is Romania’s top trade partner outside the EU and its 5th partner at global level,” Minister Bogdan Aurescu stated during a joint press conference.

In his turn, Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu pointed out that Turkey’s significant investments in Romania would not have been possible without the support of the Romanian authorities and thanked the latter for excellent cooperation at this level. He pointed to the fact that more than 17,000 companies with Turkish capital are currently active in Romania, the joint goal being for the level of trade to maintain its upward trend and to attain the jointly-established level in the near future.

At the same time, Minister Bogdan Aurescu outlined the cultural links that connect the two countries, underscoring the contribution brought by the Turkish community in Romania to the development of Romanian society and to the growth of our country’s prosperity. In this sense, the Turkish foreign minister thanked the Romanian authorities and the Romanian people for the efforts made in order to protect and respect the rights of persons belonging to national minorities, pointing out that Romania is a country that should be taken as a role model in this domain.

The consultations between the two ministers outlined the joint position in what concerns the regional security agenda: “security in the Black Sea and NATO’s enhanced role in the region are extremely important for Euro-Atlantic security as a whole.”

On this occasion, Minister Bogdan Aurescu proposed the organizing of an informal trilateral security summit between the foreign ministers of Romania, Turkey and Poland. “We expressed our satisfaction with our bilateral but also trilateral cooperation with Poland in the security domain. These debates, taking place in a bilateral and trilateral format, consolidate our coordination within the North Atlantic Alliance. That is why we discussed and agreed to hold this year an informal trilateral meeting at the level of the foreign ministers of Romania, Poland and Turkey, in order to consolidate this trilateral format of consultations on security issues. Romania will offer to host this summit in the autumn of this year. I have already discussed this aspect with my Polish counterpart during my recent visit to Warsaw.”

During the talks, special emphasis was placed on energy security, in the context in which it represents a key element of geostrategic balance.


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