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‘A landmark both in American and universal history’

Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

“The 4th of July, the Independence Day of the United States of America, represents a landmark both in American and universal history, for all of us who cherish the values of democracy and liberty, and a privileged moment to extend the warmest congratulations to the American people.

The Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States, an important pillar of our foreign policy, has brought a distinctive contribution to redefining our country’s strategic profile. It has also been instrumental in stimulating and speeding up Romania’s domestic reforms, for over a decade, in many critical fields. It has made the US a valuable friend and a reliable partner to our country.

The Agreement to deploy in Romania land-based components of the US missile defense system in Europe is one of the most important strategic projects that confirm the level of excellence of the cooperation between our country and United States. As President Traian Basescu affirmed recently “Romania is at the highest level of security from a long-term perspective”.

Romania, alongside the United States, remains committed to share responsibilities in combating violent extremism, and in maintaining a high level of interaction within NATO and the US-led multinational coalitions.

The recent uprisings of the peoples in the Middle East and Northern Africa, have confirmed, once again, that aspirations for freedom and fundamental rights transcend the boundaries of cultures and civilizations. Romania and the United States, together with partners from NATO, EU and UN, jointly take part in operations aimed to support citizens of this region to access prosperity and justice, to help the nations in the stabilization and reconstruction processes.

Romania and the United States are committed to further expanding the areas of their Partnership on the strategic and security coordinates, as well as in the economic, trade and investment areas, communications and information technology, energy, innovation, culture and education.

Romania commends the recent initiative of the US Embassy in Bucharest “Together Forever”, meant to emphasize the American presence in our country, from the governmental, defense and civil society level – Peace Corps and humanitarian aid projects -, to the activity of the American companies, which have announced 1.2 billion USD in future investments in Romania.

Romania highly appreciates the strength and breadth of the bilateral Strategic Partnership with US. Our shared commitment to transatlantic security has been a driving force in shaping the approach to the challenges we face together, and stands as the foundation of our common future endeavors.”

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