Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said at Snagov, Romania, on Friday that he had talks with Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila about the two countries’ defence co-operation, and also about the target of passing the 10 billion-US dollar mark in bilateral trade.
“At the end of 2018, our exchanges were worth around 6.4 billion US dollars. We have long wanted for the trade figures to reach 10 billion (…), we want very much to reach and then exceed the 10-billion mark,” Oktay told a news conference on Friday with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, according to an official translation.
He also mentioned that the Romania-Turkey Economic and Trade Co-operation Commission will meet in Istanbul this April, also taking about the inauguration of a hospital in the Romanian city of Constanta.
“Close co-operation between our health ministers, who participated in the meetings this evening, emphasises once again the importance we attach to co-operation in the area of healthcare in our countries,” said Oktay.
About defence matters, he mentioned concrete steps having been taken.
“We also discussed a great deal about national defence co-operation, and we had an opportunity to make important decisions with Prime Minister Dancila to design concrete steps in developing this co-operation. We very much want the relationship we will have in the defence industry to further develop and further deepen our strategic association,” said the Turkish vice president. He added that “all Turkish companies are ready to share their experience in the area of national defence.”
“Our relevant authorities are doing their utmost to complete the legal framework to facilitate our relationships, and we think about how to make continuous the momentum of growth between our countries.”
At the same time, Oktay said he spoke with the head of the Romanian executive about “terrorist organisation FETO, which is a danger to security and public order”. “We attach great importance to co-operation with Romania in this area,” he said.
Oktay also called Romania an example.
“We are very grateful for the help and support that Romania has offered to our country. We trust that this behaviour of Romania will be an example for the other member states of the European Union”, the Turkish vice president said.
Romanian Gov’t passes agreement with Government of Turkey on cooperation in the field of healthcare and medical sciences
The Romanian Government approved on Friday, an agreement between the governments of Romania and Turkey on cooperation in the field of healthcare and medical sciences, signed in Ankara on October 15, 2018.
The document will replace an old agreement dating back from 1991 and an additional protocol on healthcare cooperation concluded in July 1994, which validity has run out, according to Romania’s Ministry of Health.
“It was absolutely necessary for Romania’s agreement with Turkey in the field of healthcare to be adjusted to the needs of today’s healthcare services. The Romanian patient is at the centre of the policies promoted by the Ministry of Health. This collaboration will focus in particular on Romanian patients aged 0 to 18 who will receive treatment in Turkey for certain pathologies,” Health Minister Sorina Pintea said in a statement.
Under the new agreement, Romania and Turkey will promote, on the basis of equality and reciprocity, co-operation in areas such as strengthening healthcare systems, encouraging mutual investment in the healthcare sector, medicines, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, hospital management, public health and the healthcare system, family medicine, geriatrics and gerontology, as well as emergency medical services.
At the same time, the two countries will co-operate by exchanging information, exchanging delegates and health professionals, and by encouraging the participation of specialists in conferences and scientific meetings.
In this respect, a joint working committee will be set up, which will meet regularly to establish co-operation priorities and regular evaluation of activities.