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Cristian Diaconescu and David Miliband, talks on situation in EU’s Eastern neighbourhood

Romanian Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu, who is on official visit to London for three days, yesterday saw Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband at the British Foreign Ministry.

MAE reports in a press release to ‘Nine O’Clock’ that the two dignitaries had exchanged views on current topics on the European and international agenda, stressing the situation in the Eastern EU neighbourhood, especially in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, the recent developments in Iran, the EU enlargement, the Western Balkans, as well as the circumstances of the troops deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Both officials said they were alert and concerned about latest developments in Iran and R. of Moldova.

As far as R. of Moldova is concerned, the two foreign ministers stated concern about the latest development of events. At the same time, the need for the EU to send out clear and decisive messages regarding the adhesion to democratic principles and values in the Republic of Moldova was brought up.

The Romanian Foreign Minister re-iterated Romania’s further support of Moldova’s European route, also noting the need for the Moldovan authorities to change their attitude in their relations with the EU. Both Romania and the UK re-affirmed their support of the EU enlargement and continuation of the process of stabilisation and reform in the Western Balkans.

During the same meeting, concrete aspects related to the complementary efforts required in Iraq and Afghanistan by keeping Romanian forces in those theatres of operations were also approached.

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