Minister Cristian Diaconescu pays official visit to Turkey

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Romanian minister for foreign affairs Cristian Diaconescu will pay an official visit to Turkey, Aug 26-28, at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu, said the Romanian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, in a release sent on Tuesday.

The visit is part of the periodical political and diplomatic meetings defining the excellent bilateral relationship between Romania and Turkey and will have an important economic component, reads the release of the Foreign Ministry.

Minister Diaconescu will hold talks with the Turkish top diplomat and will be received by Turkish President Abdullah Gul.

On the talks agenda, there will be economic and political topics of interest today and approached will be issues related to the sectoral cooperation, the present and the future of the cooperation to the Black Sea, as well as topical subjects on the international agenda.

Cristian Diaconescu will reconfirm the support granted by Romania in the process of accession of Turkey to the EU, said the Foreign Ministry.

From the economic point of view, special attention will be paid to the involvement of the two parties in the development of strategic projects in the field of energy, notably of the Nabucco project, in boosting the presence of Romanian investors on the Turkish market, in the increase of the bilateral economic exchanges, for overcoming the ceiling of 10 mld dollars for the trade, as well as in the cooperation for entering third markets.

In 2008, Turkey was the third commercial partner of Romania, the third foreign investor, according to the number of companies registered and the fourteenth in point of the invested capital, the Foreign Ministry also said.

On the occasion of the visit, Minister Diaconescu will lay a wreath at the Mausoleum of Ataturk.

On Aug 27, the Romanian top diplomat will attend the official opening of the General Consulate of Romania in Istanbul, as well as a working dinner with the members of the General Consulate of Romania in Istanbul, and a working dinner with the members of the Romanian-Turkish Council of bus inesspeople, with the purpose of the promotion of the business opportunities in Romania.

The official visit of Diaconescu to Turkey will come after the official visit of Davutoglu to Bucharest, on July 2-4, 2009, and is part of the bilateral political dialogue at high level.

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