The historical ties between Turks and Romanians, strong economic relations, an active presence in regional formats and joint contributions to transatlantic security within the framework of NATO, including through trilateral mechanisms such as the one put in place with the Poland, make Turkey and Romania pillars of peace and stability, Ankara said on Sunday.
A joint press release from the foreign ministries of the two countries on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Joint Declaration for the Strategic Partnership between the Republic of Turkey and Romania stated that: “The good neighborly relations between Turkey and Romania have established a traditional line of solidarity in the contemporary history of our region. Our close interaction has enabled great progress in promoting good neighborly relations, peace, stability, regional cooperation and sustainable economic development in the aftermath of the Cold War. It gradually acquired a multidimensional character and evolved into an extended and multifaceted model of collaboration. “
Emphasizing that the key roles that Turkey and Romania play in the development and security of the region highlight the strategic elements of their relationship, the press release also states that the ever-increasing interaction and cooperation has resulted in the declaration of strategic partnership in 2011.
“At the same time, united as two good neighbors, we continue to promote security and development in a wider geography, stretching between the Balkans and the Black Sea region. As two partners and strategic allies, we believe that Europe and the euro in our region – Atlantic integration plays a crucial role in ensuring lasting peace and stability across Europe, “the statement said.
“We are determined to elevate this close relationship to new heights for the benefit of our people, our allies and our partners by expanding its strategic dimension and increasing our resilience in the face of the ever increasing challenges of the contemporary world,” he said. he adds.
Besides security-related issues, countries on NATO’s eastern flank, Turkey, Romania and Poland, have also focused on various issues, such as Turkey’s talks with the European Union. Romania and Poland have traditionally supported Turkey’s accession to the EU.
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu underlined in October the importance of cooperation between Turkey and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe during a security forum in the Polish capital Warsaw.
He also highlighted the “very important” trilateral mechanism between Turkey, Poland and Romania and said: “We have decided to bring this mechanism to the level of the leaders, and in Turkey next year we will bring the leaders together.” .
Asked about the lingering tensions between Russia and NATO, Çavuşoğlu said the Black Sea was the key to Euro-Atlantic security.
“This is exactly what we are doing as NATO allies, as well as the Black Sea countries,” he said, adding that this was the “main reason” for establishing of the trilateral cooperation mechanism with Poland and Romania.
“So, we have to show our solidarity. Of course, at the same time, we have to be realistic. And we have this two-way approach in NATO towards Russia,” he explained.