Diplomatic relations between Romania and the United Kingdom were established on the 20th of February, 1880 when Great Britain, Germany and France recognised the independence and sovereignty of Romania.
Latest X-ray of the Romanian-British bilateral relations has been made one month ago on the occasion of the visit paid to Bucharest by the British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.
In the context of celebrating 135 years of Romanian-British diplomatic relations, the British official had an opinion exchange with the Romanian authorities on the modalities of optimally capitalizing the Strategic Partnership between the two countries, both on a political and on a sectoral level.
Romania’s will to channel its efforts with a view to best capitalize the considerable potential of the Romanian-British Strategic Partnership both at political and economic levels has been voiced in Bucharest during the talks between President Iohannis and the British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.
According to the Presidential Administration, the two officials expressed their appreciation to the quality of the bilateral cooperation in security and defence, and encouraged its deepening and intensification.
The official talks Mr. Hammond had with President Klaus Iohannis, with Prime Minister Victor Ponta and with his Romanian counterpart Bogdan Aurescu also approached aspects regarding the intensification and diversification of the economic cooperation, on the grounds of the ascending trend over the past few years of the bilateral commercial relations, meant to contribute to thrusting the British investments in Romania.
The recent Romanian-British political –diplomatic dialogue held in Bucharest has also highlighted the excellent commercial cooperation between the two countries confirmed by a rising dynamic in commercial exchanges in the past years – with a record 3.3 billion euros in 2013 despite a difficult European and international economic climate.
Following Romania’s accession to the EU, Romanian-British relations have been characterised by a constant consolidation and an excellent cooperation both on a bilateral level and within the international organisations. Bucharest and London have repeatedly voiced their commitment to work together inside the European Union to make sure the Union remains united and strong, but also inside NATO, where both countries are very active members.
The development of the Romanian-British relations is reflected in the intense and substantial political dialogue through frequent visits by Romanian and British officials to London and Bucharest. The Strategic Partnership was renewed and enhanced, according to evolutions in both countries, in June 2011, during the visit to London of President Traian Băsescu as guest of HM’s Government.
“The UK has a very solid bilateral strategic relation with Romania. We have an excellent cooperation in the defence and security area and growing economic exchanges, “ Mr. Philip Hammond stated in Bucharest.
“I have voiced my and the Romanian authorities’ intention to strengthen our bilateral relations in the context of the potential of the strategic partnership. We have also tackled the economic, social, political and security challenges we are confronted with in the European Union, for which a comprehensive response through coordinated efforts on a European level is needed,” Romanian, Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu told during the joint press conference with his British counterpart.