Romania will remain firmly committed to promoting diversity, the culture of dialogue, tolerance and respect towards others, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu as he stated on Thursday after the signing of the Cooperation Protocol between the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) and the B’nai B’rith ‘Dr. Moses Rosen’ Forum in Romania.
In his speech, Aurescu showed that the taking over by Romania in 2016 of the rotating presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance can also be seen as recognition of the constant efforts made by Romanian authorities in preserving the memory of the Holocaust and promoting the fundamental rights and liberties.
The head of the Romanian diplomacy said that the protocol is in line with the framework outlined by the Bridges of Tolerance project.
‘The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has constantly supported the Bridges of Tolerance project. This is a transnational project, designed for Central and Eastern Europe, initiated by B’nai B’rith Europe that contributed to the fight against discrimination, racism, anti-Semitism, to promoting understanding and mutual respect, as well as the European values in 2013, which was the European Citizen Year,’ Aurescu said.
The Minister emphasized the importance of signing the protocol, also showing that there are ‘increasing manifestations of xenophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism’ that can be seen right now in Europe.
‘Such an approach represents a very fit manner of promoting, at the national level, the Jewish community’s contribution to Romania’s development and also, at the European level, the dissemination of the Romanian model that guarantees tolerance, mutual respect, culture and dialogue among the European citizens.’ Bogdan Aurescu added.
President of the B’nai B’rith ‘Dr. Moses Rosen’ Forum in Romania, Jose Iacobescu: Anti-semitism in Romania, the lowest in Europe
In his turn, the President of the B’nai B’rith ‘Dr. Moses Rosen’ Forum in Romania, Jose Iacobescu, showed that the Bridges of Tolerance project aims at creating a platform to present the contribution of the Jewish ethnicity to a whole series of aspects of life in Romania and cooperation with the majority population.
‘In Romania, the Jewish ethnicity is cherished, appreciated and one with what the Government, the officials and the common citizen wants to connect, cooperate, exchange experiences […] Indeed, anti-Semitism knows in Romania its lowest level in Europe,’ said Iacobescu.