Japan National Day, moment to remind the consistent friendship between Romania and Japan

by Foreign Minister Mr Titus Corlatean

“On the felicitous occasion of the Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan, it is a happy opportunity to mention the special traditional friendship established between Romania and Japan.The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs warmly salutes the celebration in 2012 of one hundred and ten years of bilateral relations and ten years of enhanced partnership between our countries, based on shared fundamental values.In 2002, on the auspicious occasion of the bilateral relations centennial, our countries renewed their shared commitment to further enhance their cooperation, by adopting the Joint Statement of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership. The document established the framework for expanding the bilateral dialogue in a wide range of domains, especially at political, economic, and cultural level, as well as on regional and global issues. Today, ten years after the Joint Statement was adopted, we notice with great satisfaction the steady strengthening of our relations at all levels. Romania treasures its warm relations with Japan reflected in the recent intense high level contacts. It is worth mentioning that the President of Romania visited Japan twice, in 2005 and 2010 and the Prime Minister in 2007, while T.I.H. Prince and Princess Akishino visited Romania, three years ago. Following Romania’s accession to the EU in 2007, we have also expanded our bilateral contacts within the framework of the EU-Japan dialogue and have noticed an evolution in our trade exchanges over the past few years. The people-to-people and cultural exchanges have also registered substantive progress, with an ever increasing number of sister-ship and direct cooperation links being established between universities, cities and local communities of our  countries. We note with great satisfaction a constant and close dialogue between Romania and Japan in various multilateral frameworks on issues of mutual interest. Our bilateral relation is therefore on a solid ground and we are truly confident that we can further enhance our cooperation in order to fulfill the substantial potential for initiative between our countries. With the recent parliamentary elections in both states and the establishment of a strong political majority, it is an auspicious moment for action, as the political and economic will for development is marked clearly.  We strongly believe that the deepening of economic relations is an essential underpinning toward strengthening bilateral relations as a whole. A positive example in this regard is the subway line construction project that will link “Henri Coanda” International Airport to the center of our capital city, an initiative developed with a substantial financial loan from the Japanese Government. In this regard, the Romanian authorities are firmly committed to identify other significant projects in the near future. The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is confident that, despite the current economic difficulties, our governments will have the opportunity to further stimulate the bilateral trade and investments, especially given the perspective of the Free-Trade Agreement to be negotiated between the EU and Japan. In the same vein, reaffirming our ongoing interest in the developments in Asia and our desire for closer dialogue with Japan, we have reasons to be optimistic about the future of our relations in all the other areas of dialogue, designed to forge a good understanding between the two nations.”

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