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President Iohannis warmly welcomed by Romanians living in France, Ambassador in Paris says invitations incident was an unfortunate blunder

President Klaus Iohannis was welcomed with applause on Tuesday night at his meeting with representatives of the Romanian community in France, among whom the businessman Ion Tiriac and Romania’s permanent delegate to the UNESCO, Nicolae Manolescu, reports Agerpres correspondent.

The head of state was accompanied by his wife, Carmen Iohannis and the official delegation at the event organized at the Romanian Embassy in Paris. Before he could address a brief speech, the over 200 guests burst into applause, some shouting ‘Sibiu’.

‘Thank you for this warm reception,’ said Klaus Iohannis.

Also, when the President talked about the November 16  presidential runoff vote , the audience long applauded him.

‘The Romanians are not at all a quiet, resigned people, but a strong, aware nation, full of aspirations,’ he said.

After his speech, the head of state was once again applauded, after which he climbed down, alongside his wife in the amidst of the guests who took photos, gave autographs on his ‘Step by step’ book and received books in return, as gifts.

 

Carmen Iohannis: I haven’t got used with the role of First Lady yet, but I’m trying my best

 

Carmen Iohannis confessed that she hasn’t got used with the role of First Lady yet, but added that she was trying her best and that this first official visit of the head of state which she participated in was very pleasant.

 

Romanian Diaspora’s vote, a priority

 

President Klaus Iohannis said in Paris on Tuesday that the  Romanian Diaspora’s vote is a priority and he stressed that providing the necessary conditions and offering legal solutions for them to vote is not only a constitutional obligation, but also proof a minimum respect.

Iohannis, who was paying an official visit to France, underscored he had addressed the Romanian Parliament on Monday on the priorities of the current parliamentary session; the diaspora Romanians’ vote is one of such priorities, the president said, adding he had also discussed the issue at the consultations with the political parties.

‘As a president, it is not me who will say which is the best technical alternative. But I want to make sure that my fellow countrymen, no matter where they are have the fundamental rights and freedoms, the voting right included, guaranteed. If we want the Romanian citizens to be respected in Europe and in the world, we must be the first to respect them. To provide the necessary conditions and offer legal solutions for them to vote is not only a constitutional obligation, but also proof a minimum respect,’ the Romanian leader said at a meeting with members of the Romanian community based in France organised at the Romanian Embassy in Paris.

He thanked those attending for their participation, on his behalf and on behalf of his wife Carmen and of the delegation accompanying him on the visit to France.

‘I confess this is for me a very emotional moment. The emotion of meeting people whom a very special relation ties me to, I am speaking of you and me’, he added.

Iohannis underlined that attending the meeting is only part of the Romanians who live and work in France and added he wishes to meet them all.

‘That special tie to the Romanians in the Diaspora is given not only by the vote (in the presidential runoff) from November 16 in itself, but by everything that stood behind it, namely patriotism, civic spirit, the awareness of freedom and the power to decide by vote, maturity. Romanians are not a silent and resigned people, but a powerful nation and aware nation, with aspirations. It is these aspirations shared both by the Diaspora Romanians and the Romanians back home that I have the privilege to represent and the duty to fulfill. I know these things and they are always on my mind in exercising my term’, the head of state said.

He stressed the Romanians give Europe value in two ways, in the proper sense, by the thousands of professionals and specialists in all the fields they work in Europe and in the world – medical doctors, teachers, computer science experts, researchers – but also by all those who practice their trade in seriousness and efficiently; Romania, in November, gave value to the democracy in Europe by the example set by its nationals, he added.

‘The Romanians’ contribution to the European building thus has a very concrete meaning’, Iohannis underscored.

 

Ambassador Mazuru: What happened with the invitations was an unfortunate thing

 

Romania’s ambassador to France Bogdan Mazuru says the incident involving invitations to President Klaus Iohannis’s meeting with the local Romanian community was ‘an unfortunate blunder.’ On Tuesday, he declared he might be responsible, not guilty about a document attached to email invitations that included offensive comments about the guests.

Mazuru declared he has heard about his recalling to Bucharest. ‘I was preparing the President’s visit; I don’t know what happened back home. What happened was a very unfortunate thing. There were some blunders; any blunder is unfortunate. This is the situation. What can I say? If you want to know more, I’m not the one making the decisions – the Foreign Affairs Ministry is,’ he added.

The ambassador stated he got no official information on a Senate’s foreign policy committee proposal to remove him from office, but he would have to provide explanations if asked. He mentioned he reported immediately to the ministry about ‘a big gaffe of diplomats in Paris.’

The Foreign Policy Committee of the Senate has demanded on Tuesday the revocation of ambassador Mazuru, of Yvette Fulicea – the director of the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) in Paris and of an ICR employee, after one guest revealed that an attachment to the invitation email included comments such as ‘undesirable,’ ‘obnoxious,’ or ‘wants to bring wife’ about some people in the list of invitees to a meeting with the president.

 

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