BUCHAREST Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Wednesday said that his country is firmly committed to Romania's Schengen accession.
"Estonia is firmly and clearly committed to Romania's accession to Schengen," Ilves said at the end of a meeting with his Romanian counterpart Traian Basescu.
"It's something I've said everywhere we went and we will continue to say it wherever we go," he added.
His statement came days after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday that France was not in favor of allowing Romania and Bulgaria into Schengen zone for now due to concerns about border security.
Basescu thanked Ilves for Estonia's consistent support.
Bilateral relations, especially the economic cooperation between the two countries, are another subject of the meeting of the two leaders.
Ilves urged Romanian and Estonian business people to work together and to develop the economies of their countries, noting that Estonia has invested heavily in the IT sector, and that exports in this area represent the economic engine of the country.
Ilves is paying an official visit to Bucharest on Wednesday.