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DefMin Les met Ambassador of Turkey in Bucharest, Osman Koray Ertas: discussions on intensifying the defence cooperation


Minister of National Defence, Gabriel Les welcomed on Wednesday the Ambassador of Turkey in Bucharest, Osman Koray Ertas, and the discussions focused on the security situation in the Black Sea region and the prospects of intensifying the defence cooperation both bilaterally as well as in the allied context. 

In order to strengthen the NATO deterrence and defense posture, the two officials stressed the importance to implement decisions made at the Ministers of Defence meeting in Brussels in February, regarding the advanced allies' presence, adapted to the southern segment of the eastern flank of the Alliance, stated a press release sent by the Ministry of National Defence. 

According to the source, it was agreed to continue the two countries' contacts at political-military and military level regarding the Black Sea region. 

The Turkish Ambassador presented the extremely complex regional context and multiple challenges Turkey must cope with, and provided assurances on the strong and lasting commitment of the Ankara authorities towards NATO and the increasing presence of the allies in the Black Sea, the press release reads. 

The two officials also discussed actual ways to enhance defence cooperation in the framework of the strategic partnership between Romania and Turkey, in areas such as bilateral and multinational exercises, mutual support and real contributions to the operationalisation of command structure - allied control across the two states, the military-technical cooperation respectively, mentions MapN.


The trade between Romania and Turkey stood at EUR 4.3 billion in 2016, while the total Turkish investment stock in Romania reached EUR 4 billion according to the Ministry for Business Environment.

„Romania proved that it can offer advantageous businesses, as it has a stable and competitive economy, with a predictable investments environment where the business Turkish community developed successful stories. From my point of view as minister for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship, I’ll make sure that the experience of the Turkish investors will be a pleasant one, because the investors can be the best ambassadors of Romania in foreign countries,“ said Alexandru Petrescu, the minister for business environment, who attended a special event organized by the Association of Turkish Businesspeople in Romania (TIAD).

The main fields in which Turkish companies operates in Romania are renewable energy, oil sector, constructions and constructions materials, infrastructure, textiles industry, manufacturing industry, banking field, hotels industry, agriculture, industrial and technology parks.