President Klaus Iohannis received prolonged applause, on Saturday, after each phrase uttered in the speech held at the largest meeting of Transylvanian Saxons in Romania since 1990 that is currently taking place in the historical city center of Sibiu, the city where the current head of state served as Mayor.
He reminded those present that “Sibiu is the historical capital of the Saxons of our beautiful Transylvania”.
The President also said that the Transylvanian Saxons constitute “a community which has provided examples for the entire world”.
The President addressed the audience both in Romanian, as well as in German.
Over 12,000 Transylvanian Saxons from Romania and just as many coming from Austria, Germany, but also the USA, are participating, until Sunday, in the historical meeting.
“Centenary Romania should be rediscovered as place of opportunity and prosperity”
President Klaus Iohannis, present on Saturday at the Meeting of Transylvanian Saxons, stated that there is a chance to offer to new generations “arguments and facts so that Centenary Romania be rediscovered as a place of opportunity and prosperity”.
“One hundred years ago, together with the Romanian majority, the Transylvanian Saxons saw in the Romania of the Grand Union the space of liberty promised to their forefathers. A century on from that moment, in the new European framework we are part of, as President of the country I say that we have the chance to offer the new generation arguments and facts so that Centenary Romania be rediscovered as a place of opportunity and prosperity. I invite you to join this project of freedom and tolerance, where you, the Transylvanian Saxons, regardless of where you came from to Sibiu, are at home!” said the President in the speech held at the largest meeting of Transylvanian Saxons in Romania since 1990.
Receiving applause after each phrase uttered in front of the 20,000 Transylvanian Saxons from Europe and the US, Klaus Iohannis urged those present to search for God and not give up freedom.
“The fundamental message of the history of Transylvanian Saxons, that they speak through their cities, their books, their traditions in labor and clothing, is to relentlessly search for God, to never give up the fight for freedom. Let us have, all our lives, respect for others, cherish solidarity and tolerance,” said Iohannis.
The head of state, himself a former Mayor of Sibiu, told the youths present in the Grand Square that they are “the fruit of a community which has given many examples to the entire world”.
“I am impressed by the fact that the Grand Square in Sibiu is filled to the brim: it’s the best sign that the organizers have done their job well and I want to congratulate them! But I am especially glad to see together with the seniors so many children and youths. (…) You are the fruit of a community which, for centuries, has given to the place where they settled – as well as to the entire world – many examples of humanist vision, of inventiveness and of persistance. These qualities were illustrated by personalities that are now part of universal history, such as Johannes Honterus, Konrad Haas, Samuel von Brukenthal, Stefan Ludwig Roth or Hermann Oberth. Their life and work, as well as those of many others, constitute the pillars that the Saxon civilization in Transylvania was built upon, as well as the pillars supporting Romania’s development,” Klaus Iohannis emphasized.