‘The Foreign Ministry checked and found that the information that two staff of the Romanian embassy in Ankara had been arrested is not sustained, but what we can explain at this moment is that Romania only issued visas that are valid on our country’s territory, as it cannot issue (other kind of visas) until it joins Schengen Area.
With the visas issued by the Romanian embassies, the foreign nationals can travel to Romania only’, Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Alin Serbanescu told on Sunday.
The information was carried by the Austrian media on Saturday, a day before Romanian Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu’s visit to Austria to attend the Europe Forum on an invitation from his Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelegger.
Romania is currently completing the procedures meant to evaluate it for joining Schengen Area, which Bucharest has pledged to become a member of in March 2011.
Hungary joined Schengen Area on Dec. 21, 2007.