State Secretary Bogdan Aurescu attends series of meetings at NATO headquarters

State Secretary for Strategic Affairs Bogdan Aurescu paid a working visit to the NATO headquarters on Wednesday, in the context of an invitation to attend as main speaker the opening of the Conference launching the multinational and multi-annual NATO-Russia project in the area of telemedicine, under the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, held on Thursday. According to a press release the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) and quoted by Agerpres, Aurescu met with NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow, Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Political Affairs and Security Policy Terry Stamatopulos, Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Defence Policy and Planning Heinrich Brauss and Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment Patrick Auroy. The main objective of the meetings was to hold substantial consultations in the run-up to the meetings of Allied foreign ministers due in April and June 2014, as well to this year’s NATO Summit hold in Great Britain on Sept. 4-5. According to the above-quoted source, ‘during the dialogue with high-ranking NATO officials, the Romanian dignitary evoked the anniversary in 2014 of ten years since Romania has joined the North-Atlantic Alliance. On this occasion, he highlighted Romania’s support for reinforcing the transatlantic relation and for NATO’s open door policy, stressing the importance of approaching NATO’s enlargement process, including in the context of the debates to be held at the September Summit.
In addition, the minister underscored Romania’s interest in progress on NATO’s cyber-security policy, and energy security policy respectively, being made at the upcoming Summit.’ Furthermore, the Romanian official gave information about the setting up of elements of the American ballistic missile defence system on Romania’s territory, stressing the importance of staying on the Allied schedule for turning the system operational, as well as Romania’s interest in the topic being properly included on the agenda of the 2014 Summit.
As far as Afghanistan is concerned, the state secretary reconfirmed Romania’s intention to contribute to NATO’s future mission in Afghanistan called Resolute Support. Bogdan Aurescu informed the NATO officials of Romania’s evaluation of the current political crisis in Ukraine and he underscored the objectives for this year within the Eastern Partnership. During his visit to the NATO headquarters, Aurescu also had a meeting with Permanent Representative of Turkey to NATO Fatih Ceylan, at which the two officials swapped views on bilateral cooperation, in the context of the Romania-Turkey Strategic Dialogue, as well as of the Poland-Romania-Turkey Trilateral Dialogue, the future of NATO’s enlargement process, backed by both countries, as well as on other topics of common interest for the two Allies and strategic partners.

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