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January 27, 2023

Angela Merkel due to meet Klaus Iohannis in Berlin soon

Agenda of foreign visits of President Klaus Iohannis takes shape. After the official visit to Chisnau that will take place on January 22 and 23, already announced in the press from Chisinau by officials of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Moldova, the Romanian president will travel to Berlin for an official meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel announced diplomatic sources.

In a recent interview with a French publication, referring to his foreign visits in the immediate period, Romania’s head of state has mentioned only Chisinau and Brussels. But to a possible meeting with the German Chancellor he referred since the end of November, when being asked when he will meet with Mrs. Merkel he said, “as soon as possible.”

President Klaus Iohannis was supported by Angela Merkel in the election campaign, receiving a letter of support from the German Chancellor on October 28, before the first round, which he chose to make public only on November 13, just three days before the runoff election.”Let’s be realistic, Mrs. Merkel and I are EPP party leaders and support each other in the elections. It’s a special note in our relationship, we know personally each other,” said Iohannis on that occasion.

“Romanian citizens have found in your candidacy a number of virtues which are highly valued in Europe. As mayor of Transylvanian City of Sibiu you have proven administrative skills and authentic European spirit, “wrote Angela Merkel to Klaus Iohannis in her letter of support in the presidential election.

Asked during the election campaign at Adevarul Live how much matters for Romania his relationship with Angela Merkel, Iohannis replied: “Certainly things can happen at their best. There are bilateral relations and they must be cultivated. They are very important. It’s important to be well connected to the largest economy in Europe. We can only benefit from that: new investments, an increase in trade, an increase of support within the EPP. I have had extremely good relations for a long time and I’m going to use them for Romania,” Iohannis told to Adevarul Live on November 13 when he presented Mrs. Merkel’s endorsement letter, just three days before the presidential runoff.

In a recent IRES survey conducted between December 18 to 19, 40% of respondents say that in 2015, Romania should have a better relationship with Germany, while only  25% would like a better relationship with the USA, and only 6% want a better relationship with Russia.

Lazar Comanescu, the Romanian Ambassador to Berlin was designated by President Klaus Iohannis to be his presidential adviser for foreign policy.Mr. Comanescu will take over his new portfolio at Romania’s Presidential Administration after February 15.


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