Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean met with James Cole, deputy attorney general of the United States. The topics approached dealt with issues of mutual interest, with emphasis on consolidation of the Strategic Partnership between the two countries, according to a release posted on Romanian Ministry of foreign Affairs (MAE) website. Corlatean insisted on Romania being granted Visa Waiver status, saying that Romanian citizens being given a visa-free travel regime would contribute in a major way to the consolidation and development of the bilateral cooperation in all areas of the bilateral Strategic Partnership. The talks also highlighted the convergence of the democratic values shared by the two countries, and the joint interest in promoting them at global level, including the transfer by Romania of its democratic transition experience to the states in the Middle East and North Africa. President Basescu met with James Cole on Tuesday, whom he assured of the steadfast efforts Romania is making toward consolidating democracy and respect for the rule of law. The meeting also approached topics related to the political and economic cooperation between Romania and the United States, the Presidency announced. For his part, James Cole spoke of the important role that Romania plays in the region, expressing confidence in dialogue being able to pinpoint adequate means for shoring up the strategic partnership between the two countries, a major pillar for maintaining stability and cooperation.