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January 20, 2022

Klaus Iohannis: Development of EU-Latin America and the Caribbean bi-regional partnership, of special interest to Romania

President Klaus Iohannis said Wednesday that the development of a bi-regional partnership between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean is of special interest to Romania.

“While in Brussels, I will campaign for the three objectives of the summit meeting: consolidating political dialogue, developing economic ties and enlarged cooperation. To Romania, as a Romance-speaking country, the development of a bi-regional partnership between the European Union and the Latin America and the Caribbean is of special interest. Taking part in cooperation programmes between the two zones paves the way for closer cooperation opportunities with Latin American countries,” Iohannis told journalists at the Henri Coanda Airport before taking off for Brussels to attend a two-day summit meeting of the European Union – Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (EU-CELAC).

He said this will be the seventh summit meeting of the EU and Latin American countries and second that includes the Caribbean, saying that the meeting will discuss reinvigorating the relationship, agreeing on an updated joint agenda and establishing converging views on global issues.

“The summit in Brussels is important from various points of view: on the one hand, Latin America and the Caribbean are a politically stable area, while on the other it is a net contributor to the global economic growth. The meeting will also assess the latest developments in the EU – Latin America and the Caribbean Partnership,’ said Iohannis.

He said the summit meeting is set to pass an action plan that will materialise the partnership, while making it efficient and functional. He also said a political declaration and a declaration on sectorial dialogue and cooperation will also be passed that will include objectives for the EU and CELAC countries for the period immediately ahead.

Iohannis voiced hope that the summit meeting will become a landmark in the partnership between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The retinue accompanying Iohannis to Brussels includes presidential advisers Lazar Comanescu and Leonard Orban, Agerpres informs.

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