Monday, November 17, 2008

Romania: The anniversary of 130 years of diplomatic relations with the Republic of Turkey

The Ministry of the Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Bucharest organises an event to celebrate 130 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and Turkey. The event will be organised on November 12, 11.00 a.m. hours, at MFA headquarters, Gafencu Room.

Raduta Matache, State Secretary, H.E. Ayse Sinirlioglu, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Bucharest, Academician Dan Berindei and PhD. Gheorghe Zbuchea will take the floor at this ceremony.

Members of the diplomatic body, members of the academic and university community, civil societies, representatives of the Turkish community and the mass-media will be invited to the event.

The ceremony will be followed by the inauguration of a joint exhibition of Romanian and Turkish diplomatic documents.

A resembling event will be organised on November 20, 2008, in Ankara.

Background information

The diplomatic relations between Romania and Turkey were established on November 4/16, 1878, at the level of legations lead by extraordinary envoys and plenipotentiary ministries, following the Ottoman Empire recognition of the independence and sovereignty of Romania.

The first representative of Romania in the Ottoman Empire was Dumitru Bratianu, who, on November 4/16, 1878, presented the Sultan Abdul Hamid II the letter of accreditation as extraordinary envoy and plenipotentiary ministry of Romania to Constantinople. On December 3/15, base on the mutuality principle, Suleiman Sadit Bey was accredited for the same position, in Bucharest.

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