Teodor Melescanu said some Romanian military personnel will work in 2009 as counselors to local authorities and supporting the civilian population.
Speaking Thursday in the western city of Arad, Melescanu he said was awaiting clarification of their new role from the Iraqi government.
He says Iraq "will call for a substantial reduction in foreign military troops and a change in (their) mission."
The moves must be formally approved by Romania's Supreme Defense Council.
Two Romanian soldiers have died in Iraq since 2003. Romania is member of NATO and also has 644 soldiers serving in Afghanistan.