Istanbul, 27 May 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Ministers of Romania, Turkey, and Poland, Bogdan Aurescu, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and Zbigniew Rau met in Istanbul to discuss trilateral security.

The main subject of discussion in the meeting of the ministers was the developments in the context of the war in Ukraine.

They talked about the NATO Strategic Concept in light of the upcoming summit in Madrid and the future of trilateral cooperation.

Previous meetings

Under the Trilogue format, the three Foreign Ministers met in Bucharest from 22 to 23 April 2021.

Accordingly, their discussions involved cooperation within the North Atlantic Alliance. Which was mainly in relation to preparations for the NATO June summit.

Additionally, the Ministers talked about the progressing implementation of the Trilogue cooperation program taken in 2020. As well as the possibility of extending it into other thematic areas.

All of them emphasized good military and political cooperation between their countries. “Our countries are the pillars of NATO’s Eastern Flank, standing in the front line of the Alliance and exposed to direct threats to their security,” remarked Rau.

Rau added further that they agreed on the need and direction of the North Atlantic Alliance strategic adaptation.

In line with this, a session was organized which was attended by Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, and the appointed Ambassador of Georgia to the United States, David Zalkaliani.

Consequently, Polish Minister also met with the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis. He visited the exhibition ‘Allies. Poland-Romania. 1918-1939’ in the Palace of Parliament in order to mark the centenary of the Polish-Romanian military alliance.

Prior to the consultations, Polish Minister together with his Romanian counterpart attended the conference ‘Security Challenges from the Baltic to the Black Sea Region. Vision of Romania, Poland, and Turkey.’

The trilateral meetings have been held on a regular basis since 2012.

They aim at strengthening cooperation among allies who represent the largest countries of NATO’s Eastern Flank. All in all, there is the coordination of positions on the core issues for regional security.

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