Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu met with Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on the sidelines of the Romania-Poland-Turkey trilateral summit hosted by Romanian Foreign Minister Bucharest. The two officials discussed issues of bilateral relations and issues of interest from the regional, European and international agendas, including prospects for progress on the Cyprus issue.
According to a statement from the Romanian Foreign Ministry, Bogdan Aurescu welcomed the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Strategic Partnership Declaration between Romania and Turkey this year, noting that bilateral relations have expanded over the years and Turkey remains a “key partner” of Romania.
The two officials discussed the stage of bilateral relations and their prospects for expansion in the economic field. Turkey remains Romania’s first economic partner among non-EU countries, Aurescu said, with bilateral trade reaching about $ 6.4 billion in 2020. The operation of more than 16,200 Turkish companies in Romania is also an indication of the dynamics that exist. The two officials agreed to organize in the coming period meetings of the Joint Intergovernmental Committee for Economic and Technical Cooperation (JEC – Joint Economic Commission) and the Committee for Economic and Trade Cooperation (Joint Economic and Trade Committee – JETCO), while cooperation in the education and defense industry sectors was also discussed.
Aurescu and Cavuşoglu also exchanged views on the regional security situation, with an emphasis on the Black Sea and the Eastern Quarter, as well as co-operation within NATO.
Bogdan Aurescu expressed his country’s special appreciation for Turkey’s genuine contribution to the NATO Presence in Romania, which confirms and strengthens the bilateral Strategic Relationship while significantly contributing to regional security.
Euro-Turkish relations were also examined. Bogdan Aurescu welcomed the latest developments in the revival of EU-Turkey relations and reiterated Romania’s support for the continuation of an open and constructive dialogue between Turkey and the EU and the deepening of relations with this key partner, in line with the European Council Declaration of 25 March. 2021. He expressed his confidence in the maintenance of a stable and constructive commitment by Turkey in view of the specification, in the near future, of the positive agenda of EU-Turkey relations agreed by the European leaders, envisaging cooperation economic, revitalizing high-level dialogue in areas of common interest and promoting mobility and interpersonal contacts. Bogdan Aurescu thanked Turkey for its firm support for his country’s accession to the OECD, which was confirmed by his Turkish counterpart.
The two officials exchanged views on regional developments and underlined their joint commitment to developing co-operation in the framework of regional formats.
The Romanian Foreign Minister expressed his appreciation for the good co-operation he had with the Turkish side during the period when Romania held the presidency of the BSEC in 2020, an organization that, he stressed, should strengthen its regional profile, especially now that Romanian Ambassador Lazăr Comănescu was elected Secretary General of the Regional Agency and thanked Turkey for its support.
Aurescu expressed his support for the priorities of the Turkish Presidency of the SE Cooperation Process SE and his appreciation for the sectoral initiatives.
At the same time, the prospects of progress in the Cyprus issue were discussed, in view of the negotiations that will take place in the near future, as well as the prospects of peace dialogue in Afghanistan.