On the occasion of the celebration of both 67 years from the State of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, and of uninterrupted diplomatic relations between our two countries, I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate Romania’s commitment to broadening and deepening the bilateral cooperation between our countries and peoples in the political, economic, cultural, as well as sectoral fields.
The substantial ties between Romania and the State of Israel began only a few weeks after David Ben-Gurion read the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel, on 14 May 1948 (Iyar 5, 5708). Since then, our bilateral relations have been strengthened and consolidated by the intense exchanges between our peoples and expanded through a continuous dialogue between our elected representatives. Moreover, building on the special bond that our countries enjoy, a new level of cooperation has been established, namely the Romanian-Israeli Intergovernmental Consultations. This framework, the second meeting of which took place in Jerusalem in June 2014, has reconfirmed the importance of addressing issues of common interest, as well as of working together to identify new venues of cooperation. Research and development, science and technology, health care, tourism and labour are just few of the areas where the existing level of cooperation has been upgraded. No less than 14 cooperation agreements have been signed on this occasion.
With regards to regional and international affairs, the State of Israel is one of Romania’s key partners, with convergent interests and vision for the future. The outstanding quality of the dialogue enjoyed by our Ministries of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic missions, in capitals, as well as in third countries and regional and international organisations, is further proof as to the strong political commitment, of both sides, to expand and develop bilateral cooperation.
Therefore, it is my firm belief that together we can further advance the ties between our Governments and Parliaments, for the mutual benefit of our peoples.
Discussing the Romanian-Israeli special relationship, we have to bear in mind that the present day robust bilateral partnership is based on mutual trust and understanding, as well as on elements of shared history. We are proud to acknowledge the decades of hard work and struggle of the Israelis of Romanian origin as standing proof of our countries’ enduring relations. Their steadfast efforts began at the end of 19th Century, when the very first of kibbutzim, such as Rosh Pinna, were built in what we now call Northern Israel, and their example and life stories live on to this day. Hence, I take this opportunity to thank the Israelis of Romanian origin for their continuous efforts and perseverance towards strengthening the economic, cultural, and academic exchanges between our countries.
On this occasion of celebration and joy – Yom Ha’atzmaut, the Independence Day of the State of Israel – I would like to convey to all the people of the State of Israel my heartfelt thoughts of peace and prosperity!
Chag atzmaut sameach!