President receives foreign ambassadors, EP president

President Traian Basescu on Wednesday evening had a series of meetings with several ambassadors who ended and others who are set to begin their term in Romania, according to Agerpres.

Israeli Ambassador Oren David, Austrian Ambassador Martin Eichtinger, Sweden Ambassador Mats Aberg, who ended their diplomatic mission were greeted by President.. During his meeting with David, the two officials also discussed the recent Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla with aid, which sparked international outrage. In the talks, the president voiced concern that the incident might have “negative consequences on peace and regional stability.”

In a subsequent meeting with the newly appointed Iraqi envoy, Mohameed Saeed Abdulsahib Abdulrazzaq Al-Shakarchi, President Basescu reconfirmed Romania’s commitment to contribute to Iraq reconstruction and stabilisation, “to build a democratic state, based on rule of law, safety and security,” a press release reads. The head of state also praised the recent legislative elections in the country and voiced the Romanian side’s willingness to work with the new Iraqi government and Parliament as soon as they are named. Other new ambassadors who presented their credentials to the head of state included Latvia’s Einars Semanis, Saudi Arabia’s Abdul Rahman Ibrahim Ben Ali Ar-Rasi, and Thailand’s Chantipha Phutrakul.

The president also met with visiting European Parliament head Jerzy Buzek, with whom he discussed issues of international concern and particularly the financial crisis in Europe. After the talks, Basescu said Romania should take similar measures to the one taken by Poland’s ex deputy PM Leszek Balcerowicz and restructure costs. In turn, Buzek said Romania is going through crucial moments in its history, which could prove decisive in the context in which there can always be times of crisis or weakness, but which can trigger important changes nonetheless.

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