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FM Titus Corlatean approaches issue of Romania’s Schengen target, in Paris

The Foreign Affairs Minister had a meeting with Minister Delegate for European Affairs
Thierry Repetin in Paris, on Tuesday. “My visit to Paris confirmed a privileged political relation between Romania and France,” said Corlatean.

The issue of Romania’s Schengen space joining was approached during the talks between Romania’s Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius, in Paris, on Tuesday, when the French party showed openness to back up the objective.
“During the talks, it was also approached the issue of Romania’s joining the Schengen area, FM Corlatean expressing our country’s legitimate expectations of a favourable decision by the end of the year. The French party displayed openness for endorsing the objective,” Foreign Ministry (MAE) release informs.
During the meeting, the parties expressed satisfaction with the bilateral ties which were described as excellent and relying on numerous, namely cultural, historical, Francophone affinities, and were highly appreciated for the dynamics the political contacts and the sectoral cooperation are currently witnessing.
The two top diplomats emphasized that amplification and the diversification of the bilateral cooperation are mirrored by the progress in the enactment of the roadmap of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and France, among which it is worth mentioning those in decentralized cooperation, research or education. It was also underscored the weight of the economic dimension of the bilateral relationship, which will be also scheduled on the agenda of the visit France’s PM Jean March Ayrault is due to pay to Romania, in July.
The two chief diplomats had an opinion exchange on the developments in the EU talks, emphasizing the convergence of the outlooks and stances in fields of common interest. As for the neighbourliness policy, they evoked aspects such as the European perspective of the Republic of Moldova, which the Romanian side reiterated its support to.
The two foreign ministers voiced their concern with the developments in Syria, placing an accent on prospects of the enactment of the Geneva II initiative. They also tackled the situation in Mali and the progress in this file in the context of France’s essential commitment to this country, and which Romania endorses.
“My visit to Paris confirmed a privileged political relation between Romania and France,” Corlatean told Agerpres. “I think that the visit was a success, the political talks I had with my French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, with the Minister of European Affairs, Thierry Repentin, the public hearing at the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National Assembly, the debate I was the main guest of at the very prestigious French Institute for International Relations, all these political contacts confirmed a privileged political relation between Romania and France,” the Minister concluded after his official visit to France.
“We have discussed about economy and projects under development, including such projects that I will say are more special, being related to the high competitiveness area, the ELI – Extreme Light Infrastructure Project, the biggest laser project worldwide to function near Bucharest, with France to bring its technical contribution. Cultural exchanges were also approached during the meetings I had in France, especially the Francophonie issue and the new measures Romania is adopting to support Francophonie in the country, which measures are highly appreciated in France,” said Corlatean.
Other topics of current interest at European and international level were also discussed.
“I pleaded the cause of Moldova wanting to become EU member state, I discussed the Balkans issue and of course such topics of major interest on the international agenda: Syria, the Middle East, Mali etc,” said the head of the Romanian diplomacy.
Corlatean highlighted that the Republic of Moldova was the most performing among the Eastern Partnership countries. “The dialogue provided an opinion exchange on the European Neighbourhood policy, the two Ministers evoking the progress of the states within the Eastern Partnership on the association agreements and underscored the importance of reaching some ambitious results within the summit of Vilnius this autumn. Minister Corlatean highlighted that the Republic of Moldova was the most performing among EaP countries, the meeting of Vilnius representing a great chance to provide a clear prospect to its European course,” shows a MAE release.

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