Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Cristian Diaconescu met US ambassador Mark Gitenstein on Friday, the two talking about “the need to boost trade and to stimulate the American investors’ interest for the Romanian market,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) informs. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its satisfaction – fully shared by ambassador Gitenstein – with the excellent level of bilateral Romanian – American cooperation in all domains included in the Strategic Partnership,” MAE informs.
Also on Friday, Diaconescu met Polish ambassador Marek Szczygiel in order to establish the priorities of the Romanian – Polish Strategic Partnership in 2012.
The Foreign Minister also met his Bulgarian counterpart Nikolai Mladenov, the two agreeing to hold a bilateral meeting in Sofia in the next 10 days, the main points on its agenda set to be the coordination of the two countries’ efforts to join the Schengen Area and the issues concerning the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union, the MAE points out.
Minister Diaconescu also met the Italian, German and Danish ambassadors. According to MAE, Italian ambassador Mario Cospito “reconfirmed the excellent level of Romanian – Italian relations. (…) The Romanian Foreign Minister expressed his hope that the bilateral relations will be just as intense in 2012 too, reiterating in this context the invitation extended to his Italian counterpart to pay an official visit to Romania this year.”
During his meeting with Michael Sternberg, the Romanian Foreign Minister “assured the Danish ambassador that Romania fully supports the goals of the Danish Presidency, while the Danish ambassador reconfirmed his interest to deepen the relation with Romania, both bilaterally and economically, as well as in the wider framework of European affairs,” the communiqué reads.
The meeting with German ambassador Andreas von Mettenheim reiterated “the openness to expand cooperation, including by jointly initiating new projects in 2012 against the backdrop of marking 20 years since the signing of the Basic Treaty between Romania and the Federal Republic of Germany.”