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Chief of General Staff Nicolae Ciuca meets Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik

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Chief of the General Staff, General Nicolae Ciuca, while on an official visit to Turkey, had a meeting with Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik, and discussed with his Turkish counterpart, General Hulusi Akar.

According to a National Defence Ministry (MApN) release sent nn Friday, approached during the meeting with the Turkish Defence Minister were "topics referring to the regional security context, the allied evolutions in managing the security on the eastern and southern flank of NATO, and the development of the two armies' bilateral military cooperation."

Fikri Isik mentioned that the cultural and historic similarities between the two states represent a possible vector of consolidating the strategic partnership, and General Ciuca highlighted the progress registered under the military cooperation, both on a bilateral level and within the Alliance, and mentioned the results obtained in the bilateral cooperation area.

The Turkish official mentioned his country's organising the International Defence Industry Exhibition in Istanbul over May 9 — 12, and reiterated the invitation addressed to Romanian officials in the defence and security area to participate in this event.

"These topics were also approached during the talks between the delegations headed by the chiefs of the two general staffs, mainly detailing on the regional security context, the national and allied evolutions in the efficient management of the common challenges to the current security environment. Moreover, also discussed were aspects referring to the activity areas and cooperation possibilities between the two armed forces, for the conduct of other projects on a regional or bilateral level, with a focus on the joint training, education, information exchange in the defence area, as well as the development of the regional cooperation in a multinational format. Another topic approached during the discussions was the partnership concerning the cultural exchanges," the release points out.

In turn, General Ciuca thanked his Turkish counterpart for the warm welcome and the openness shown during the talks.

"The meeting was very constructive and productive, contributing to the validation of our countries' bilateral relations and those of our armies, in particular. It is important that the military experience and the joint commitments on an allied level follow the path of a consolidated strategic partnership, and our personal experience, that of a good relation of friendship," General Ciuca added at the end of his intervention and addressed the invitation for an official visit to Romania.

The agenda also included laying a wreath of flowers at the monument built to the memory of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

On the sidelines of the visit carried out by the Romanian Chief of the General Staff, the Turkish partner organised a brief visit to Turkish Aerospace Industries and Aselsan, two companies producing military equipment for the Turkish defence industry, the MApN also informs.

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Over 400 Romanian and Turkish personnel will participate beginning next week in the "Starfish" naval exercise that will also include the Turkish Navy frigate TCG 'Turgutreis' and the missile boat 'Yildiz' (P-348). 

According to a Friday release of the Romanian Navy, the exercise takes place between April 3 - 5 with the participation of about 200 Romanian seamen aboard the 'Rear Admiral Eustatiu Sebastian' corvette (F-264), 'Lt. Lupu Dinescu' maritime sweeper (F-25) and 'Lastunul' missile boat (F-190). 

"The two warships of the Turkish Navy will arrive in the port of Constanta Monday, April 3 and will dock for two days in the transient craft terminal. Scheduled during the two-day stop of the vessels are visits to the Fleet Commander Hq., the Constanta City Hall and the Turkish Consulate General in Constanta," reads the release. 

More than 200 Turkish personnel will also participate in the exercise intended to increase interoperability between Romanian and Turkish seamen, said Romanian Navy press officer Corneliu Pavel. 

"Just like previous exercises, this one too is part of the NATO measures aimed at ensuring the allies common security," the Navy representative told Agerpres.



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