Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Liviu Dragnea asked on Monday to the Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu (ALDE) to provide him with an analysis sowing the advantages brought to the Romanian state by each head of diplomatic mission or commercial attaché, as well as a proposal for the Romanian Ambassador in Israel.
“Today (on Monday – e.n.), I will speak with Mr. Tariceanu. We didn’t talk about this (the assessment of the Government within the ruling coalition – e.n.) in this period. We will talk and see when we will make a coalition in the coming period, a coalition in which I am waiting to receive from the Foreign Ministry (led by the ALDE Vice Chairman Teodor Melescanu – e.n.) an analysis from which we and the Prime-Minister can understand what are the advantages brought to the Romanian state by each head of diplomatic mission or commercial attaché. A foreign policy which cannot be measured by its positive results brought to the Romanian state or by the economic dimension, which we must approach very carefully and firmly, is not an efficient policy” Liviu Dragnea stated.
He also said that he is waiting MAE to propose an ambassador in the State of Israel “as soon as possible”.
“It’s been more than one year since Romania doesn’t have an ambassador in Israel, and this is not good at all” the PSD Chairman added.
Asked if the former Minister for the Romanians Abroad Andreea Pastarnac could be supported for the position of the Romanian Ambassador in Israel, which she held also between 2013 and 2017, the Social Democrat leader answered: “The Foreign Minister is the one who has to make the proposal. The PM will express an opinion, and we, inside the coalition, will express an opinion on the proposal that has to go to the President. But any proposal related to the Ambassador must be signed by the President and countersigned by the PM. But in order to have these proposals, the proposal must be made”.
Tariceanu about the assessment of the ambassadors: It’s very useful, some of them have a decorative role
The Senate’s Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Monday that Liviu Dragnea’s request addressed to the Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu to assess the Romanian ambassadors and consuls is very useful, and he claimed that some ambassadors have only a decorative role.
Asked about how he sees the request made by Liviu Dragnea to the Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu to assess the Romanian ambassadors and consuls in the coming period, Tariceanu answered: “It’s very useful, I also noticed that there are certain ambassadors who actually have a presence which is useless in the end, I mean they don’t have any role, they are in this position rather for decorative purposes. They have to be an active presence, to militate for opening relations, for strengthening and consolidating the bilateral relations, for organizing various bilateral meetings. Therefore, at a bilateral level, those who are in charge with bilateral relations have a lot of work to do, but some of them are doing nothing, and of course they must be assessed, and as far as I know, there are many capitals where ambassadors have not been appointed and the Foreign Ministry and the PM must make the appointments or the appointment proposals, this is the procedure, the Parliament is not included in this stage”.
He added that the ambassadors’ appointments are signed by the President and countersigned by the PM.
“Firstly, those who have been nominated must come before the Foreign Policy Committees, in Parliament, in order to be heard. And I believe this is a necessity, I mean in a period in which all the countries are struggling to expand or strengthen their political, economic, cultural or other kind of relations, we can’t afford to stay like this and leave free seats in the scheme for reason which I cannot comment” the Senate’s Speaker explained.
Asked if he can give the example of an embassy and an ambassador who are deeply dissatisfying him, Tariceanu answered that he will not do this in front of the press, but he will talk to the Foreign Minister.
“This is all I can tell you: unfortunately we’re not speaking about capitals of small countries which are not important, although I couldn’t say there is any country which is not important, but of course we have to consider a certain order of priorities” the Senate’s Speaker pointed out.
As for George Maior’s performance as an ambassador (in USA – e.n.), Tariceanu said he will comment on this matter with Teodor Melescanu. “I believe that, as the Senate’s Speaker, I have to protect the image we are projecting abroad as good as possible. Therefore, I don’t want to make such comments in public. Of course, this doesn’t mean that I don’t have my own assessment criteria” Tariceanu stated.
Tariceanu also said that if President Klaus Iohannis doesn’t reach an agreement with the Government, he cannot appoint an ambassador, and vice versa.
“I made this exercise with a person who wasn’t the most convenient one, namely with President Basescu. Ok? So, if the President doesn’t reach an agreement with the Government, he cannot appoint an ambassador, and vice versa, of course. Therefore, this is done according to the proposals issued by the Foreign Ministry, proposals that are probably grounded based on the experience of the candidates for these positions or on other qualities, since there are people who are at their first term, and we cannot talk about previous experience in this case, but this doesn’t mean they cannot be appointed in certain positions. And I believe this matter will have to be, as normally, the privilege of the Government, along with the President” the Senate’s Speaker pointed out.
Asked if he plans to open the talks involving also the head of state in the assessment of the ambassadors, Tariceanu said: “I cannot involve the President, and I am not participating in this action. I repeat, the Foreign Ministry, the Minister and the Prime-Minister are those who have a well-defined role in this matter, and they are in charge with starting this process, which of course will end with the decree that is signed by the President and countersigned by the Prime-Minister, as I told you. I believe this request cannot be ignored, and I am sure the Foreign Minister, together with the Prime-Minister, will take the necessary steps, and I don’t want to anticipate anyone’s reaction. So, also regarding the President, I don’t know which will be his position”.