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September 21, 2020
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Diplomats Iulian Buga and Vasile Soare, the next ambassadors to US and Russian Federation?

According to official sources cited by Mediafax, Iulian Buga, a career diplomat, Romania’s former ambassador to Ireland is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ proposal for ambassador to the United States of America tendered to President Traian Basescu. Buga has recently been recalled from his Irish ambassadorial tenure by Traian Basescu. Buga has been ambassador to Ireland since 2009. He had also been MAE state secretary, 2007-2009, ambassador to The Netherlands, 2001-2007 and coordinated the MAE’s North America Department 1999-2001.
Iulian Buga also held the position of consul general of Romania in Los Angeles, 1997-1998, and worked as a councilor at Romania’s Embassy in Washington, 1994-1997.
Also, official sources say that Vasile Soare, a director in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Department of the MAE, is the nominee for Romania’s ambassador to the Russian Federation. He was ambassador to Kazakhstan, 2002-2008, Kirgizstan and Tadjikistan. Soare, who is fluent in Russian, made himself noticed during his ambassador mandate in Kazakhstan for his efforts on behalf of the local Romanian community made up of people deported during the Soviet regime, or their descendants.
Also, Andreea Pastarnac is MAE’s proposal for ambassador to the State of Israel. A former ambassador to Cyprus, 2006-2011, Pastarnac, 45, is a general director for the Middle East in MAE and held previous ministerial leadership positions too.  A career diplomat, she earned a PhD in Hebrew studies and is also fluent in English and French.
President Traian Basescu signed ambassadorial recall decrees for   Romania’s ambassadors to the USA, Adrian-Cosmin Vierita, Russian Federation, Constantin-Mihail Grigorie, and Israel, Edward Iosiper, as they concluded their tenures.
Under the ambassador nomination proceedings, MAE tenders its proposals to the president, who decides who will take over the posts after the nominees have been heard by the joint foreign policy commissions of the Romanian Parliament. It is up to the president to choose the ambassadors eventually, as the commission’s recommendations are consultative only.

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