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Turkish ambassador informs Romanian Foreign Ministry about state of emergency

Foreign Affairs Ministry’s (ME) state secretary for European affairs Cristian Badescu on Thursday to granted an audience requested Turkish Ambassador to Romania Osman Koray Ertas (photo), who informed on the latest evolutions in his country, including the state of emergency declared there.

According to a release of the MAE to Agerpres, the Turkish diplomat reasserted his country’s attachment to the European values.

“During the talks, the Romanian side reconfirmed Romania’s interest in the preservation of a stable Republic of Turkey, a NATO member and a key partner of the EU, anchored in the European values, and stressed that the Romanian authorities have condemned in the strongest term the attempt of a coup d’etat in Turkey and restated the support to the country’s legitimate institutions. The Romanian side also voiced regrets for the loss of human life during these events,” the document mentions.

The Romanian official underlined that Romania supports the European future of a Turkey that fully observes the democratic principles, the human rights and the rule of law, in accordance with the conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU of 18 July.

Romania is closely monitoring the effect of the measures adopted by the Turkish authorities following the attempted coup d’etat, which should not hamper the future development of the Turkish society on democratic, inclusive and stable bases, the MAE pointed.

The aforementioned release mentions that, upon a request of the Romanian side, Turkey’s ambassador reconfirmed the special attention paid by Turkish authorities to foreign tourists, including Romanians, currently visiting Turkey, mainly in tourist areas.

The Romanian state secretary also requested details on some recent public statements on ‘Lumina’ schools; the Turkish side explained it has never formally requested their closure, the MAE added.

 

Romanian Foreign Ministry assures tourists can travel freely despite state of emergency in Turkey

 

The freedom of movement of tourists and citizens in Turkey is not restricted following the three-month state of emergency decreed by the Turkish government, the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informed in a travel alert on Thursday, quoting the authorities in Ankara.

The MAE mentions that it is permanently in contact with the Turkish authorities to get real-time information on the situation.

“Considering that the security situation in Turkey is still unstable, especially around Ankara – the capital – and Istanbul, the MAE repeats its warning to Romanian citizens presently in Turkey or traveling there to stay extremely cautious and vigilant, avoiding the involvement in any manifestations or other public events that might degenerate into violence,” the aforementioned document adds.

Romanian authorities recommend to those who intend to travel to Turkey to stay permanently informed on the internal developments there and check the availability of transportation to or from the country. To this effect, they can contact the Romanian embassy in Ankara and Romania’s general consulates in Istanbul and Izmir, through the Contact and Support Centre for Romanian Citizens Abroad, open 24/24, at the phone numbers +90.312.44.77.920, +90 212 3583541, +90 212 3580516, +90 212 3583537, and +90 232 4650579.

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