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Head of FBI meets President Iohannis and PM Ponta: Talks highlight the excellent cooperation between Romanian and U.S.intelligence

The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), James Comey, is presently in Bucharest and had a meeting on Tuesday morning with President Klaus Iohannis.

“The visit of the high U.S official was a good opportunity for reviewing issues of common interest in the spirit of the excellent cooperation that exists between the intelligence services of Romania and the FBI. Romania and the United States must face new security challenges arising, for example, terrorism and cybercrime and that is why the intelligence services must be ready to respond to such risks. Along with military collaboration, cooperation in the area of ​​intelligence and law enforcement institutions is a key element of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States,” reads a release published on Romania’s Presidential Administration website after the meeting between President Iohannis and FBI Director James Comey.

Afterwards, Comey (photo R)  came to the headquarters of the Government, for a meeting with Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

“On this occasion, the progress in the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the US and the excellent cooperation between the relevant institutions in Romania  and the FBI have been highlighted,” showed a release of Romania’s Government after Mr. Comey was received by Prime Minister Ponta. The document underlines that new projects for enhancing the specific bilateral cooperation in the new regional and global context have been discussed. “Strengthening law enforcement is essential to prevent these threats and fight them effectively at the regional level,” said Prime Minister Ponta.

The two officials exchanged views on recent regional developments and appreciated the importance the strengthening of the strategic partnership between Romania and the US has in this context, as well as NATO and US military presence in the region.

The discussions at the Presidency and at the Government took place in the presence of the leaders of the Romanian Intelligence Services, of the US Charge D’ Affaires to Bucharest, Dean Thompson, and of the Vice-President assigned tasks related to security, Gabriel Oprea.

The meeting of the Head of FBI with the President and the Prime Minister, and also with the Heads of Romanian Intelligence Services took place a few hours before the first meeting of the Supreme Council of National Defence (CSAT) led by Klaus Iohannis, since he has started his term.

 

Oprea : Romania’s Gov’t is constantly concerned for the management of the current asymmetric challenges at national level

 

The deputy prime minister for national security, Gabriel Oprea has had a meeting on Tuesday with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director, James B. Comey at the Interior Ministry (MAI) headquarters. On that occasion, Oprea underlined that at the Romanian Government’s level there is a constant preoccupation for the management of the current asymmetric challenges at national level, which is why the Strategic Inter-ministerial Group was founded, under his direct coordination.

According to a press release by the MAI, sent to Agerpres, the operative cooperation is very developed, in particular in the fight against the organised crime which regards the destroying of the criminal networks which commit crimes in the IT criminality area.

In this respect, deputy prime minister Gabriel Oprea has mentioned the very good collaboration between the Romanian officers and the FBI agents through the operational task-force within the Romanian Police Directorate of Fight Against Organised Crime, and thanked the American official for the support given by the FBI to training and development of the Romanian police officers within the FBI Academies in Quantico, Virginia and Budapest, Hungary.

The official meeting at the MAI Hqs was also attended by Dean Thompson, the chargé d’affaires ad interim of the US diplomatic mission to Bucharest.

 

 

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