Relations between Türkiye and Romania

Türkiye and Romania have strong political, economic, cultural relations and humanitarian bonds based on deep-rooted historical ties. Türkiye and Romania maintain their close relations through high-level dialogue and friendship.

Based on the mutual commitment to enhance bilateral relations in every field, the level of our relations were raised to strategic partnership with the signing of Strategic Partnership Declaration in December 2011. The Action Plan on the implementation of the Declaration was signed in March 2013. The 10th anniversary of the Strategic Partnership in 2021 was celebrated with various events held in both Ankara and Bucharest.

The exchange of high level visits between Türkiye and Romania reflects the close political dialogue and friendly relations.

H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Türkiye, paid an official visit to Romania in March 2015. President Iohannis visited Türkiye on 22-24 March 2016.

Vice President, H.E. Mr. Fuat Oktay, visited Bucharest on 29 March 2019 as a guest of the "Romania - Greece - Bulgaria - Serbia" quartet meeting organized within the framework of Romania's EU Presidency.

Romanian Deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna visited Türkiye on the occasion of his participation in the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Heads of State and Government Summit held in Antalya on 17 June 2021.

Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu visited Türkiye on 18 June 2021 to attend the Antalya Diplomacy Forum.

Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu visited Bucharest on 22-23 April 2021 on the occasion of the Türkiye-Romania-Poland Trilateral Foreign Ministers Meeting.

Article 6 of the Romanian Constitution guarantees national minorities “the right to the preservation, development and expression of” their ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious identity including education in the mother tongue.

More than 70.000 Turks and Tatar Turks, along with other 16 minority groups in Romania, enjoy their constitutional rights through minority organizations they established. Each minority organization has political party status and minority groups are represented in the parliament in proportion to their population. Turks and Tatar Turks have one seat each in the Parliament.

Economic Relations

EXPORTS

IMPORTS

BALANCE

VOLUME

2018

4.137

2.720

+1.417

6.857

2019

4.073

2.770

+1.303

6.843

2020

3.893

2.769

+1.124

6.662

2021

5.176

3.434

+1.742

8.610

Source: TÜİK(million USD)

Türkiye and Romania are each other’s largest trading partners in the Balkans.

Türkiye is among the largest investors in Romania with its current value of investment exceeding 7,5 billion USD including those coming from third countries. Currently, around 7.000 Turkish companies are actively operating in Romania. Two Turkish banks, Credit Europe and Garanti Bank Romania, are also operating in Romania. Romania continues to offer significant opportunities for both Turkish exports and investments.

In Romania, the construction projects which have been completed by Turkish contractors so far amount to 6,2 billion USD.

496.178 Romanian tourists visited Türkiye in 2021.