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February 27, 2020

US envoy meets the two Romanian presidents

Philip Gordon, Assistant Secretary of State of the United States, arrived yesterday at 11.00 am at the campaign HQ of Traian Basescu, where he met the suspended president, before talks with Victor Ponta and Crin Antonescu, Mediafax reports. Philip Gordon was accompanied by the US Ambassador in Bucharest, Mark Gitenstein. The American official was greeted by Cristian Diaconescu.Gordon discussed with suspended president Traian Basescu for approximately one hour. He made no statement when he came and left the building. Also yesterday, at 1.00 PM, the US official met interim president Crin Antonescu at Cotroceni, whom he told that Washington is preoccupied by the political evolutions in Romania.Gordon also said that he will make a press statement in which he will expose the viewpoints resulting after the meetings with the Romanian officials, but did not explain when and where he will deliver these statements.Crin Antonescu told the American official that he enjoys his coming to Romania and the possibility of having this discussion for clarifications.The interim president introduced him to the attending Romanian delegation, consisting of Defence Minister Corneliu Dobritoiu, the minister of Foreign Affairs, Titus Corlatean, and the presidential advisor for Security, Gheorghe Rotaru. In his turn, Gordon thanked Crin Antonescu for receiving him and assured him that Washington is closely monitoring what is going on in Bucharest.“We care about Romania, it is our friend and partner in a strategic partnership. We care about Romanian democracy and we do everything to support the rule of law and the independence of institutions, and we are preoccupied by this situation,” Gordon told Antonescu. After this dialogue, the meeting continued without the press.

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