On the National Day of the Republic of Turkey, celebrating the Proclamation of the Republic on the 29th of October 1923, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has the pleasure to extend the warmest congratulations to Turkey and the Turkish people.
Diplomatic relations between Romania and Turkey go back 141 years and are constantly expanding. The geographical proximity wasn’t the only foundation for our continuous dialogue. Trade and investment, tourism, people-to-people contacts, the community of Turkish ethnic origin who are respected members of the Romanian society, as well as the strategic membership in NATO are all building blocks in our strong bilateral ties. At the same time, geography also plays a relevant role in determining the political relations between states: the Black Sea connects our countries and economies and imposes shared responsibilities.
The year 2019 marked an important event for Romania. It was the first time, since joining the European Union in 2007, that we had the responsibility of acting as EU Council Presidency, as well as giving an outline on the challenges that the EU is facing and the ways to manage them. Romania assumed to approach Turkey as a key partner of strategic importance to the EU in a wide range of policies, as reiterated on the occasion of the EU-Turkey Association Council, which took place on March 15th, in Brussels. Romania committed to imprint a constructive and pragmatic relation thatfocused on dialogue between the EU and Turkey. Our commitment remains in favour of an open and transparent dialogue between the parties, especially in troubled times and in regions that present tremendous complexity.
In 2011, Romania and Turkey signed a Strategic Partnership followed by an Action Plan in 2013, which had set the pace for a new dynamic in our relation: increased dialogue and cooperation on a multitude of areas and acceleration of bilateral trade and investment – with Turkey being Romaniaʼs first economic partner outside of the EU. It is in our common interest to continue a bilateral relation that brings prosperity and creates economic opportunities.
In celebration of this important day for the Republic of Turkey, Cumhuriyet Bayramı kutlanması nedeniyle sizi tebrik ederiz, Türk milletine huzur ve sağlık dileriz!