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President Iohannis pays official visit to France, says Romanian-French relations go beyond the framework of a mere partnership, even of a strategic partnership

President Klaus Iohannis is paying an official visit to France on Tuesday, where he’ll meet his counterpart, Francois Hollande, the Senate Chairman, Gerard Larcher, the President of the National Assembly, Claude Bartolone and representatives of the Romanian community in France.

The Romanian head of state will be received at the Elysee Palace at 14:00 (Bucharest Time) for a tete-a-tete conversation, a working lunch, after which the two will deliver a joint press statement.

Further on, President Klaus Iohannis will hold official talks with the President of the Senate of the French Republic, Gerard Larcher and the President of the National Assembly of France, Claude Bartolone.

At 20:30, at the headquarters of the Romanian Embassy in Paris, the President will meet representatives of the Romanian community in France, reports Agerpres.

 

‘I want, by this visit, to underscore the importance that Romania gives to enhancing the strategic partnership with France

 

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said on leaving on an official visit to Paris on Tuesday that he will discuss with the French leaders the Romanian-French relations as well as such topical issues as the combat of terrorism and the situation in Ukraine.

He stressed it is a visit he will be paying on an invitation from President Francois Hollande.

‘I want, by this visit, to underscore the importance that Romania gives to enhancing the strategic partnership with France, a very important member of the European Union, with which we have very good bilateral relations’, Iohannis said.

The Romanian leader announced he will have a ‘working lunch’ at Elysee Palace with President Hollande, Prime Minister Manuel Valls, the French foreign minister and the economy minister. He is also scheduled to meet the French Senate president and the National Assembly speaker.

‘We have Romanian-French relations that go beyond the framework of a mere partnership, even of a strategic partnership. We have very good multiple relations in culture, education, research. The Francophonie is also a very important area of our partnership. We will discuss all these things, issues related to the European Union and topical matters, of course, such as the combat of terrorism and the situation in Ukraine”, Iohannis said.

The president stressed that a priority of his term is the ‘substantiation’ of the relations with the states with which Romania has closed strategic partnerships or privileged and consolidated relations.

All these must be given fresh impetus and, very importantly, we must prove that Romania does what it says’, he added.

 

Iohannis’ first participation in a European Council

 

Iohannis also announced he will attend the European Council informal meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

‘It is my first participation in a European Council. Featuring on the working agenda are topical issues. Two of them are announced. It is about the fight against terrorism and the consolidation of the Economic and Monetary Union. The situation in Ukraine will certainly be discussed and, amid such context, the European Union’s relation with the Russian Federation. All these things will lay the groundwork for the developments in this spring and it must be said that the process of the consolidation of the Economic and Monetary Union is of utmost importance not only for the countries that are members of the euro zone, but also for the other countries in the Union. Romania is anyhow getting ready to become a member in the euro zone. These are matters of special importance for Romania too’, Iohannis underscored.

The president will also take part in the EPP Summit in Brussels.

 

 

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