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March 1, 2021
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Pragmatic, mature bilateral ties

“Romania and Israel will celebrate, this June, 61 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations. The bilateral ties between the two states are characterized by pragmatism and maturity, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and open cooperation, based on strong historical, cultural and ethnic ties. This relationship has grown indeed to form a natural partnership between our countries, as mentioned in the “Joint Statement of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Romania and the State of Israel”, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel and 60 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and Israel.

Our common goal is to further develop this partnership for the benefit of both our peoples. One of the fields that we focus our attention on is the enhancement of economic cooperation. In the last years, we have witnessed a continuous growth of commercial exchanges between the two countries and an important intensification of investment initiatives. We also attach importance to the development of tourism and of programmes which aim at expanding direct contacts between Romanians and Israelis.

A special attention is continuously given to the efforts of enabling young people to learn about the Holocaust during their schooling and to combating racism and anti-Semitism in all their forms.

As far as the international agenda is concerned, Romania supports the upgrading of Israel – EU relations, in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy, and the enhancement of Israel’s cooperation with NATO. We are committed to promoting regional stability and prosperity in the Middle East and we strongly believe that a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, in accordance with the Quartet’s Road Map that affirms the vision of a region where two states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side within secure and recognized borders, is essential to this evolution.

Romania and Israel have a fruitful and diversified cooperation in the international fora and we shall further build on these grounds in order to contribute to a better and safer world.”

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