The video conference of Lucian BODE, the Minister of Internal Affairs, with Mr. Süleyman SOYLU, the Minister of Interior of the Republic of Turkey, took place on Tuesday, January 11th, 2022.
The discussions addressed important areas of common interest, such as the fight against cross-border organized crime, the fight against terrorism and cooperation in the field of emergency situations.
Both sides highlighted the very good level of cooperation between the structures of the two ministries, a context in which the intention was expressed to strengthen the legal framework for cooperation in several areas, such as security, emergency situations and staff training within gendarmerie entities.
The Minister of Internal Affairs, Lucian Bode, stated: “I appreciate the collaboration between Romania and Turkey in the field of internal affairs. At the same time, I am convinced that a strong and dynamic relationship between the EU and Turkey is of mutual interest, being a long-term strategic investment in the future of our relations.”
The Turkish minister also underlined the importance of diversifying our bilateral cooperation in the field of home internal affairs, in the context of global challenges, with a focus on migration management, and cooperation with source countries is extremely important in this regard.
Regarding the management of migration, the Romanian authority mentioned that Romania has a comprehensive approach that involves the relationship with the source and transit countries, the management from the perspective of borders and at the territory level of the country, as well as return measures, a position that was also supported in the EU entities.
Considering that the 10th anniversary from the signing of the Strategic Partnership was celebrated, the two ministers decided to raise the bilateral relationship to the highest level for the benefit of their own citizens. Therefore, in 2022, bilateral meetings will be organized at the level of the two ministers, in Romania and in Turkey, depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.