Romania, Turkey share same views on Georgia conflict

Türkiye Materials 22 August 2008 12:04 (UTC +04:00)

Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Romanian President Traian Basescu held a joint press conference after their meeting at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace, reported WorldBulletin.

Romanian President Traian Basescu said Thursday he was pleased to see that Turkey and Romania shared the same views on maintaining territorial integrity of Georgia.

Turkey's President said Thursday he believed no new arrangements were needed in the Black Sea region, while commenting on the possible U.S. involvement in re-balancing powers in the Black Sea region.

During the conference, Gul said that his comprehensive talks with Basescu contributed remarkably to the improvement of bilateral relations between Turkey and Romania, as well as regional cooperation.

Basescu said Turkish and Romanian officials also discussed energy projects despite recent conflict in Georgia, adding that Nabucco and other projects could continue.

Commenting on the latest developments in Georgia as well, Gul said he had a similar opinion with Basescu regarding the establishment of peace, stability and prosperity in the South Caucasus.

"It is promising that the clashes have reached an end, a cease-fire has been provided and Russia has started to withdraw its troops in accordance with it," Gul said.

Upon a question on what he thought about the possible involvement of U.S. forces in the process of re-balancing the powers in the Black Sea region, Gul said, "I do not think that a new arrangement is needed in the region".

"As countries with coasts on the Black Sea, we are determined to protect the region's peace and stability," Gul said.

Gul said the value of the investments conducted by Turkish businessmen in Romania reached 2 billion USD, adding that the total trade volume of the two countries was almost 7 billion USD as of the end of 2007.

Basescu also said that his country supported Turkey's bid to join the European Union.

Following the joint press conference, Gul hosted a dinner in honor of his Romanian counterpart.

The guest president later departed from Turkey.