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September 30, 2022

ForMin reiterates importance attached by Romania to relations with Eastern Neighbourhood countries

Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean on Monday took part in Brussels in the 4th ministerial meeting of the Eastern Partnership attended by the EU member states and six partner states – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) reports in a press release, quoted by Agerpres. Chairing the meeting was High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, with European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule representing the European Commission. The ministerial meeting prepared a summit meeting of the Eastern Partnership to be held November 28-29 in Vilnius and reviewed the developments in the partner states’ progress since the 2011 summit meeting in Warsaw, the expectations of the partner states over the outcomes of the summit meeting this autumn, as well as the way in which the future post-Vilnius partnership will shape up. ‘To this end, he pleaded for conditions allowing the completion of all stages for the initialling and then signing of the association agreement and the comprehensive free trade agreement with Moldova in 2014. Corlatean also reiterated the strategic importance attached by Romania to the development of relations with Eastern Neighbourhood countries. He also confirmed Romania’s support for ambitious outcomes of the Vilnius summit meeting that will advance the political association and economic integration of the partner states while providing prospects for relations with the European Union. Corlatean also underscored Romania’s interest in the future of the partnership after the Vilnius summit meeting so that the decisions of the summit may be swiftly implemented to generate benefits for the partner states, MAE says. On the other hand, Corlatean expressed support for the efforts of the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, and satisfaction for the recent developments in the Peace process in the Middle East, the Israeli and Palestinian sides having agreed to resume direct negotiations in the next period.

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