Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean had talks Thursday, in Rome, with the new US Secretary of State, John Kerry, during an informal ministerial meeting of the Foreign Affairs ministers of NATO and EU member states. “The US secretary of state reconfirmed the support for the consolidation of the Strategic Partnership between the two countries,” reads a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This was the first contact between Corlatean and Kerry after the latter took over the office of secretary of state, on February 1, 2013. “Titus Corlatean reaffirmed the privileged place held by the relation with the United States in the foreign policy of Romania,” reads the communiqué. John Kerry expressed his availability for high-level meetings in 2013. The two chief diplomats discussed about the stage of works for the antimissile shield in Deveselu, “which are on schedule,” so the antimissile defence facility will become operational in the horizon of year 2015.