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Prince Charles ends visit in Romania

The president Traian Basescu met, at the end of last week, at Cotroceni Palace, the Prince of Wales, during the latter’s private visit to Romania, the Presidential Administration’s website informs. On this occasion, Traian Basescu told Prince Charles he had closely followed his journey through the country, as reported by the press. “Everybody would like to ask you about Prince William,” Basescu told, smiling, to the heir to the British throne, before taking the official picture, pointing to the journalists who attended the manifestation.

According to the Presidency, topics on the agenda included topics of mutual interest, such as the economic situation in Europe, climate change, ecological farming and sustainable development, with a focus on rural development. In this context, the head of state thanked the Prince of Wales for his constant support and the interest he has shown in our country and for the numerous rural development projects that HRH has involved in, in Romania. Reference was made, in this context, to the activity of the Secretariat for Sustainable Development, operating within the Government’s Secretariat General. Prince Charles underlined, in turn, the importance of developing a rural tourism, based on organic resources and local products, for Romania’s regional development and encouraged the Secretariat for Sustainable Development to get actively involved in facilitating access to European funding for projects initiated by local communities with a view to developing rural areas. After his meeting with the president Basescu, Prince Charles met the prime-minister Emil Boc, at Victoria Palace.

On Friday, Prince Charles was received at Elisabeta Palace, the residence of the Royal House of Romania, by Princess Margareta and her husband Prince Radu. At the end of the private visit, the Prince planted a tree in the Palace garden. At the end of his visit to Romania, the Prince of Wales met the chief of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), George Maior, and, among other topics addressed, thanked him for ensuring his protection during his stay. The information was confirmed by the head of SRI’s Press Bureau, Sorin Sava. He added that any person of such rank benefits from maximum protection for the time of his/her stay on Romanian soil, both physical and intelligence-operational protection. On Friday, Prince Charles was received at Elisabeta Palace, the residence of the Royal House of Romania, by Princess Margareta and her husband Prince Radu. At the end of the private visit, the Prince planted a tree in the Palace garden.

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