Secretary of state at the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) Luminita Odobescu held consultations in Ankara with Turkish foreign ministry State Secretary and Ambassador Hasan Gogus, with the talks focusing on the bilateral relations between the two states, the stage of the European Union enlargement process and the events engulfing the Western Balkans.
Within the meeting, the two officials drew up the Action Plan in order to implement the Strategic Partnership between Romania and Turkey, signed in Dec. 2011.
‘The Action Plan aims to speed up cooperation between the two partners, both at the political level and in various sectoral domains, such as economy, energy, transport, home affairs, defence, culture, education, social affairs, tourism etc. The Plan is to be signed on occasion of the following visit to Ankara of Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean. State Secretary Luminita Odobescu said the completion of the Action Plan of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and Turkey is another example of the excellent and wide relations between the two countries and of the joint interest in promoting sectoral projects and initiatives in multiple fields,’ MAE reports in a release.
Luminita Odobescu also held talks with first deputy of Turkish Minister of European Affairs Haluk Ilicak about the stage of Turkey’s EU accession and topics of common interest on the European agenda.
Odobescu reiterated Romania’s support for Turkey joining the EU and she stressed the importance of regaining the dynamics of the process by opening new chapters in the EU negotiation process. In addition, she said Romania has a positive approach as regards the liberalization of the Union’s visa regime for the Turkish citizens, the above-quoted release reads.