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FM Corlatean meets Palestinian, Iraqi counterparts and heads of U.S. -based Jewish organizations

On the sidelines of the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly, Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean met with his Palestinian counterpart Riad al-Malki .
“The two officials reviewed the stage of bilateral relations, focusing on the political dialogue and enforcing the decisions of the 2nd session of the Romanian-Palestinian Inter-governmental Committee. Special attention was given to Romania’s participation in Palestine’s institutional construction at the level of foreign ministers, by training Palestinian diplomats on consular affairs.,” the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) reports in a release to AGERPRES.
Romania supports Palestinian Authority efforts
According to this source, Corlatean reiterated Romania’s position according to which, in the current regional context, the two states should find a solution, based on an agreement negotiated by Israel and Palestine. In addition, Corlatean expressed Romania’s support for the Palestinian National Authority to take over the administrative and security responsibilities in the Gaza Strip.
“In the context of talks on regional topics, both dignitaries hailed the formation of the new Iraqi Government and they voiced support for the political and constitutional process in Iraq, as well as for the actions the international community takes into consideration to counter-attack the actions of the ISIL radical-Islamic grouping. Moreover they agreed that the action taken by ISIL stresses the need for a political settlement of the Syria conflict and highlights the importance of a joint effort on behalf of Iraq and Syria to take action against this grouping,” the release reads.
Bucharest authorities hail support for ongoing
democratic process
While in New York, Mr. Titus Corlatean on Tuesday has had a bilateral meeting with his Iraqi counterpart, the fresh Foreign Affairs Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
‘The Romanian chief diplomat congratulated his Iraqi counterpart on his recent nomination as chief of the Iraqi diplomacy and  expressed Romania’s support for the political and constitutional ongoing process in Iraq and its availability to supporting the democratic processes this country is unfolding by putting further at its disposal Romania’s expertise in administrating the democratic transition. During the meeting, the very good level of the bilateral relationships manifested through the all-level several contacts, parliamentary included, was highlighted’, a press release by the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) sent to Agerpres, informs.
FM: reiterates Romania’s firm commitment for stability in the Middle East
‘Minister Titus Corlatean reiterated Romania’s firm commitment for stability in the Middle East, for the territorial integrity of the region’s countries and for the fight against the international terrorism. He reaffirmed the firm, unequivocal conviction of the acts of terror performed by the ISIL grouping. At the same time, the extremely serious situation of the refugees and internally displaced persons as a result of the crises that affect both Syria and Iraq was highlighted. The Romanian diplomatic chief stressed that, in the current context, the situation in Iraq cannot be regarded separately from the entire region anymore, as joint actions are needed to ensure wider stability. The chief of the Iraqi diplomacy thanked Romania for its supporting positions towards Iraq in its fight against ISIL, as well as for the constant support granted by Romania in the process of reconstruction and development of Iraq.
Romania, constant commitment  to condemning Holocaust and  anti-Semitism, to assuming the past
The Romanian Foreign Minister also met representatives of the U.S.-based Jewish organizations – the American Jewish Committee, B’nai B’rith, the World Jewish Congress – on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
According to a foreign ministry release, the talks focused on the Romanian-U.S. relations, the Iranian file, the crisis in Iraq and Syria, the development of the anti-Semitic tendency in Europe, Romania’s commitment to combating anti-Semitism, the property return and Romania’s activity in the IHRA (International Holocaust and Remembrance Alliance).
As regards the new security threats, Corlatean highlighted the high danger posed by the terrorist phenomenon represented by Islamic radical movement ISIS to the democratic world in general and the Middle East in particular. He stressed Romania had announced its support for the efforts being made by the international coalition to fight the grouping, the release said.
‘The U.S. Jewish organizations’ representatives voiced support for Romania’s taking up as the IHRA chairman in 2016. They also said Romania, in its capacity of the United States’ partner on multiple levels, in the operation theatres included deserves being part of the Visa Waiver programme and expressed their strong support for attaining this objective’, the ministry informed.
The Romanian official reiterated the constant commitment of Romania to condemning anti-Semitism, to assuming the past and condemning the negation of the Holocaust. He highlighted the significant progress Romania has lately made on an academic level too, by developing a large number of programmes of studies of the Holocaust as well as the major contribution made by the Romanian-born Israelis to perfecting these projects, the ministry said.

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