In the first day of the official visit Prime Minister Viorica Dancila is paying to Turkey, she was welcomed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Palace in Ankara. Two memorandums on education and health were signed, digi24.ro reports.
“Our dialogue today has been fruitful. We have reviewed the coordinated of the strategic partnership between our countries, which dates back to 2011. The cooperation between Romania and Turkey is at a very high level, being characterized by trust, reciprocal support, based on common interests and values. There is constant dialogue between the Romanian and Turkish authorities, in bilateral and multilateral format. We cooperate in the fields of security and defence, but also in the business, university and cultural fields,” Premier Dancila said during the common joint conference.
On the other hand, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that “I am happy to meet you before you take over the EU rotating presidency and you preferred to visit our country, this is a great satisfaction for me. Obviously, the economic and trade relations are the most important for the bilateral relationship. In 2017 we had trade exchanges worth about USD 6 billion and we would like the value to increase even more. Our aim is to reach USD 10 billion.”
The visit started on Monday with a stop at the Kemal Atatürk mausoleum, the Romanian PM laid a wreath of flowers to commemorate the death of the founder of modern Turkey. Then, Premier Dancila paid visits to the Chamber of Commerce and to the Turkish Parliament to meet the Vice-President.
After the visit to Turkey, the Romanian delegation headed by PM Viorica Dancila will travel to the United Arab Emirates and to Kuwait.