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Consolidation of the US-Romania strategic partnership tops the agenda of Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland in Bucharest

US Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland arrived  in Bucharest yesterday evening, coming from Berlin where she has met with senior government officials and members of the Bundestag on the broad range of bilateral, regional and global issues.

“Assistant Secretary Nuland will travel to Bucharest, Romania, January 13 to meet with senior Romanian officials, members of the business community and civil society to discuss bilateral and regional issues”, announces  a release  published on the U.S. Department of State website on Monday.

Nuland’s first  visit to Romania took place in January  2014 as part of a regional tour too.

In Bucharest, Mrs. 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 during  a joint press conference with the then Minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlatean.

“On January 15, Assistant Secretary Nuland will join Secretary of State John Kerry for his visit to Sofia, Bulgaria, and will then accompany him for his visit to Paris, France,” the release on the U.S. Department of State website  informs.

 

Consolidation of the US-Strategic Partnership, the focus of talks between Iohannis and Nuland

 

President Klaus Iohannis will receive the visit of Victoria Nuland, US Department of State Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the Cotroceni Palace, on Wednesday, at 9:00, the Presidential Administration informed on Tuesday.

According to the quoted source, the focus of discussions will be the consolidation of the strategic partnership between Romania and the United States of America and developing the economic dimension mentioned in the partnership.

Furthermore, the visit will also include an exchange of evaluations regarding the security of the region and of Europe.

 

ForMin Aurescu: Political-military dimensions of the strategic partnership and the Visa Waiver program on the agenda of talks

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, has stated on Tuesday that on the agenda of discussions with the US Department of State Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, that will take place on Wednesday, are the political-military dimensions of the strategic partnership and the Visa Waiver program.
“On the agenda of bilateral discussions the main topics are: the political-military dimension of the strategic partnership, where the level reached is one of excellence, we will have this year a very important moment for the bilateral relationship, the operationalization of the missile shield in Deveselu that is to be finalized, and the next step is integrating it in the NATO anti-missile system. We will also discuss economic aspects of the bilateral relations, we will discuss the issues with the Visa Waiver [programme], about removing the visa regime for Romanian citizens that are traveling to the United States and other aspects pertaining to the bilateral relationship”, said Aurescu at public radio broadcaster Radio Romania News.

He added that in the matter of visas Romania has obtained a constant decrease in the refusal rate, rate that in 2009 stood at approximately 26 percent, while in the fiscal year that has just ended it dropped to 9.8 percent.

“It is a considerable progress. Eliminating visas for Romanian citizens depends also on modifying American legislation in matters pertaining to the Visa Waiver, we need to see with the new American Congress what the prospects are for resuming these initiatives so that they allow for a raising of the refusal rate ceiling that currently sits at 3 percent. If it were possible it be raised to 10 percent there would be better perspectives for eliminating visas for Romanian citizens. This does not depend solely on Romania”, Aurescu mentioned.

 

Ponta-Nuland meeting at Victoria Palace

 

Although on the initial agenda  of Mrs. Nuland’s  two-day visit to Bucharest no meeting with the Prime Minister Victor Ponta has been scheduled, official sources told Agerpres that  Romania’s Prime Minister will receive Mrs. Nuland at Victoria Palace on Wednesday.

 

 

 

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