Romanian, Turkish presidents meet, Bucharest backs Turkey in EU
(dpa) - Romanian President Traian Basescu received his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul, for talks on Monday and assured his guest of Bucharest's support for Turkey gaining accession to the European Union.
Basescu said Bucharest's support for Turkish membership in the EU was "constant and without reservations ... as soon as all the entry conditions have been fulfilled."
The Romanian leader said Bucharest was ready to assist Turkey by sending experts to help Ankara in preparing for EU membership. Romania itself joined the EU in 2007.
Gul, who arrived Sunday in the Romanian capital, also reviewed various international issues, including the situation in the Balkans and in Iraq, in his talks with Basescu.
The two leaders also witnessed the signing of four bilateral agreements, including one on protection of investments.
Gul was scheduled to meet Premier Calin Popescu Tariceanu later Monday before flying back to Turkey.
With bilateral trade at some 8 billion euros (12 billion dollars), Turkey is Romania's most important foreign trade partner outside the EU. Turkish company investments in Romania in the meantime have reached more than 2 billion euros.