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May 6, 2021

Presidential aide Cristian Diaconescu in the US

Coordinating Presidential aide Cristian Diaconescu started an official visit to the US on Monday, at the invitation of the National Security Council (NSC) and the US State Department. The head of the Presidential Chancellery stated for Mediafax that the agenda of the meetings he will have in Washington includes “consultation with the aides of President Barack Obama and of Vice President Joe Biden, with high US administration officials on issues concerning the stage of implementing the Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century, a partnership agreed by President Traian Basescu and President Barack Obama, NATO’s eastern neighborhood, the Eastern Balkans, political-military cooperation in the Black Sea region, the situation in the Middle East, North Korea and Syria.” Likewise, according to Cristian Diaconescu, also on the agenda will be a series of issues “of direct interest when it comes to Romanian-American strategic cooperation, such as the military and security outlook in Afghanistan, the stage of implementing the defensive missile shield project, the control of conventional arms, including Romania in the Visa Waiver programme.” “I will have meetings at the State Department with Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenhine,” former Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu stated. Diaconescu will also meet leaders of Washington-based security and internaitonal relations NGOs, with the leadership of the George Washington University’s Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, with South California University professors. The Romanian official’s visit is taking place from May 27 to June 1.

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