Iulian Buga, Romania’s new ambassador to the United States, presented his letters of credence on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 to U.S. President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) said in a release.
Iulian Buga has been Romania’s ambassador to Ireland between 2009 and 2013 and to the Netherlands between 2001 and 2007, where he held the position of Romania’s permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
During his 22-year diplomatic career, Iulian Buga also held other position both within the central office of MAE and Romania’s embassies: secretary of state for political affairs, director of North America and Strategic Affairs Direction, consul general of Romania in Los Angeles, California, as well as diplomat between 1994-1997 at Romania’s embassy inWashington. Iulian Buga was appointed Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Romania to US by Romanian President Traian Basescu on Oct. 16, 2013.
“I consider myself extremely lucky,” said the Romanian ambassador “to be provided the opportunity to exercise this mandate when the two countries; political and military bilateral cooperation is on an unprecedented upward trend. The access of the American troops to Romanian training facilities, the acquisition of F-16 combat aircrafts and the utilization of Mihai Kogalniceanu military base as one of the main transfer facilities for the relocation process of the US forces from Afghanistan, as well as the recent official start of works to the Deveselu missile defence system, represent historic and strategic proofs of the two countries’ deep commitment to strengthening the Romanian-US strategic partnership and their common contribution to the regional security and stability.”