President Klaus Iohannis received on Tuesday at the Cotroceni Palace the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) Alex Younger, with whom he discussed the Strategic Partnership between the two countries and the regional security situation.
According to the Presidential Administration, the two officials have tackled the security component of the Strategic Partnership between the two countries, expressing special appreciation for the substance of the cooperation relations between the intelligence community of Romania and the one of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
During the meeting, the two officials have also talked about the regional security situation, a context in which the special interest both countries give to stability in the Black Sea region was emphasized, as well as the good cooperation between the Romanian and the British intelligence services in fighting terrorism, cross-border threats and the hybrid war’s specific challenges.
Alex Younger was appointed head of the MI6 in November 2014 and Romania is one of the first countries visited by him in this capacity.
The security dimension of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United Kingdom prevailed also the discussions held by Alex Younger with the head of the Romanian intelligence Service (SRI), Eduard Hellwig.
According to a press release of the Romanian Intelligence service (SRI), during the meeting, the two heads of intelligence agencies have addressed issues of common interest relevant to security and intelligence dimension of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. On this occasion, the interlocutors appreciated the depth of cooperation in areas such as preventing and combating terrorism, cross-border threats or cyber security purposes. They also addressed issues of regional security situation, namely developments with potential impact on the security of the two countries and the Euro-Atlantic area.
Alex Younger, the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), also met interim Premier Gabriel Oprea on Tuesday at the Victoria Palace.
According to a government communiqué, appreciation for the excellent bilateral cooperation between institutions from the Romanian and British intelligence communities on issues of common interest was expressed on this occasion and aspects concerning regional security developments, including those in the Black Sea region, were discussed.
The interim Prime Minister and the British official appreciated the high level of confidence established between counterpart institutions.
The efficient collaboration registered in what concerns the prevention and combating of phenomena that can affect the security of citizens in the two states, phenomena directed against NATO and EU member states, was outlined. The support that the Romanian Government offers to the consolidation of the components of specific, institutional-level cooperation with Romania’s partners in the Euro-Atlantic community was emphasized during the meeting.