Turkey, Romania – friends and allies

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Turkey and Romania are friends and allies, Turkey’s Minister for European Affairs and chief Negotiator with the European Union Egemen Bagis stated in Bucharest, on Tuesday.

‘Turkey and Romania are not strangers, we know each other for a very long time, we became friends and allies. There are also many similarities in our cultures. We are not only neighbors, geographically speaking, but we have also close mentalities. Today the relationship between Turkey and Romania can be given as an example of good cooperation. Romania and Turkey do not ignore the problems they each other face. Romania’s problems are also Turkey’s and Turkey’s hardships are also Romania’s,’ the Turkish dignitary emphasized.

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In the context he also mentioned his meeting with PM Emil Boc, on Monday, when the Turkish side asked the Bucharest authorities for support in strengthening the bilateral cooperation, with the view to combating terrorism and crimes. Egemen Bagis also stressed that for becoming a platform of peace, Europe needs Turkey, the same as Turkey needs Europe.

‘If Turkey joins the EU after meeting all the accession criteria, then the message we are to convey to all those in the Balkan zone, will be the following: You also have a chance to brave the problems of today, but if Turkey is rejected, only based on its culture or identity, the message will sound as follows: No matter how many efforts you make, you will be always left outside,’ the Turkish official told the conference called Turkey Key to Europe’s Future, held at the Central University Library, in Bucharest.

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Turkey joined NATO, the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) at the as well as most of the European organizations, with one single exception the European Union. As Europe has been facing new challenges, particularly an economic crisis, Bagis believes that Turkey’s EU accession can be an important stability element.

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