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ForMin Corlatean met British counterpart Hammond

Romania’s Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean, on Wednesday met his British counterpart Philip Hammond, ahead of his attendance of a NATO summit in Newport, Wales.
Corlatean congratulated Hammond on having been appointed the UK’s foreign secretary in July 2014, assuring him of Romania’s full readiness for cooperation and dialogue in order to further consolidate the bilateral relationship between Romania and the UK.
The two officials reviewed the latest developments in and prospects for the bilateral relationship, with Corlatean emphasizing the importance of capitalizing to its fullest on the Romanian-British strategic partnership restarted in 2011. Agreement was voiced on the consolidation of the bilateral political dialogue under the strategic partnership of 2003 by the establishment of a mechanism for regular consultations at all levels.
They also highlighted the excellent commercial cooperation between the two countries confirmed by a rising dynamic in commercial exchanges in the pat years – with a record 3.3 billion euros in 2013 and an increase of nearly 10 per cent in Q1, 2014 – despite a difficult European and international economic climate.
Agreement was also reached on continual encouragement for economic cooperation as well as the use of the existing investment potentials by promoting business opportunities in areas of shared interest, such as energy, infrastructure and IT, reads a Foreign Ministry’s release.
The two ministers also discussed the situation in the Eastern Neighborhood, with the Romanian chief diplomat reiterating concerns over the security developments in Ukraine and the increased assertiveness of the Russian Federation in the region, underscoring the need for the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine being observed, coordinated with the Europe-Atlantic partners to the benefit of the stabilization and reform of Ukraine to secure the European journey of Ukraine freely chosen by the Ukrainian people.
Corlatean and Hammond also discussed the latest developments in Moldova, with Corlatean underscoring the need for substantive and concrete support for Moldova’s nationals and authorities, for the freely assumed pro-European and democratic aspirations, a support that is all the more necessary given the situation in the region and the incoming parliamentary election in Moldova. The two ministers mentioned the success of a September 1 meeting in Chisinau of the Group for European Action for Moldova chaired by Romania.
Ahead of the incoming NATO summit, the two ministers reviewed the substantive items on the summit’s agenda, underscoring the need for the collective defence and capabilities of the NATO to cope with multiple security challenges being strengthened, including by increasing defense spending. Also underscored was the importance of trans-Atlantic solidarity being reconfirmed in the adequate management of related security risks in the new geostrategic context.
The MAE release also says that Corlatean voiced appreciation over the reassurance measures approved by NATO in the context of the latest developments in Ukraine, reiterating the need for a relevant and balanced NATO presence in the countries on the eastern flank of NATO and for attaching increased attention to the enlarged Black Sea zone, which he called a very important economic, energy and security area.
Hammond accepted an invitation from Corlatean to pay an official visit to Bucharest in the period immediately ahead.

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