One year since her previous visit to Bucharest, the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, will arrive to Bucharest next week as part of a tour in the region, official sources told Mediafax. Nuland will meet President Klaus Iohannis and Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu and is expected to reiterate the United States’ interest in the continued development of the rule of law, justice, economic openness and transparency in Romania. ‘We will always be open about the United States’ profound interest in the continued reform and democratic trajectory of Romania, and in the interest we have in seeing rule of law strengthened, because a strong, democratic, prosperous Romania is the best partner for the United States, the best NATO ally, and the best EU member in service to all of the global responsibilities that we share and our strategic partnership,’ Mrs. Nuland said last year in Bucharest at a joint press conference with the then Minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlatean.
Asked at Adevarul Live on Wednesday if he will meet Mrs. Nuland, the Romanian president confirmed that he will have a discussion with the US Assistant Secretary of State when she will come to Romania.
“Certainly when she will come, I will have a discussion with Ms. Nuland and it will be a very good thing, because already we could go into some detail,” President Klaus Iohannis told Adevarul Live broadcaster.
The visit by the US Assistant Secretary of State to Bucharest, shortly after President Iohannis has officially started his term is seen by analysts as a signal with multiple significances. There are voices saying that Mr. Iohannis’ private visit to the US at the beginning of last December was not only a simple holiday which he wanted to enjoy after winning the presidential elections, and that Iohannis used his presence on American soil to have some very important meetings with American officials.
Secondly, is that only a mere coincidence the fact that Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, honorary presidential adviser to President Iohannis has mentioned on Monday that a possible official visit to the United States of the Romanian President, might take place at the appropriate moment?
Not few are those considering that Mrs. Nuland’s visit to Bucharest and her scheduled talks with president Iohannis in such an agitated domestic political context is also aimed to convey Washington’s message for political stability at Bucharest. It has to be seen what political color will have the Romanian Government sometimes in the spring, just weeks after Mrs. Nuland’s visit to Romania.