U.S. Charge d’Affaires in Bucharest Dean Thompson said on Thursday that the Romanian military are the envy of “many in the region” and a “key” strategic partner for the United States.
“As a result of our partnership, we see a Romanian military the envy of many in the region – a key strategic partner for the United States; we see Romanian law enforcement institutions that are committed to joining us in the fight against global terror and organized crime. Judicial and rule of law institutions are committed to ensuring that your citizens’ resources are directed where they are intended, rather than the pockets of those inclined to undercut the security of the state”, said Thompson in an address to a reception organised to celebrate the United States’ Independence Day.
The U.S. diplomat said he was proud to represent the United States in Romania, underscoring that it is on the principles written in the North Atlantic Treaty that “Romania and the United States continue to build their close, bilateral strategic partnership”.
“I’m proud to represent the United States in front of a partner and ally that is showing its own strength of character in overcoming the difficult legacy of communism and building institutions to ensure that the Euro-Atlantic values of democracy, freedom and rule of law can thrive. A partner dealing directly and forthrightly with problems like corruption, organized crime, cybercrime, global terrorism, human trafficking and drug smuggling. A partner determined to provide the resources required for our common security and defence”, Thompson stressed.
He spoke of the “exciting entrepreneurial efforts underway” in Romania and the U.S. Embassy Entrepreneur of the Month program, which promotes dedicated businesspeople focused on taking risks to pursue dreams, create jobs and grow the country’s economy.
“In civil society we see efforts to embrace your diversity, so tragically cut down by the regimes of old, but embraced by a new generation willing to celebrate the concept of a multi-ethnic Romania, diverse peoples bound by common heritage – a concept that has never been more important as Romania faces the demographic realities of the coming century”, the U.S. official said.
“And as we reflect on these opportunities, we must also consider the awesome responsibilities that come with them. American Independence Day is also a celebration and embrace of freedom and our commitment to spreading it throughout the world in cooperation with our allies. 11 years ago Romania acceded to the greatest military alliance in the history of the world dedicated to protecting our democracies. Today we stand side by side with Romania, jointly committed to the ideals and values for which this alliance stands. In the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty, before any mention of military strategy of common defense, NATO members commit to, “safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilization of their peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty, and the rule of law.” And it’s on these principles that Romania and the United States continue to build their close, bilateral strategic partnership,” Dean Thompson added.
He continued saying that values, principles “bind us to our common cause, and ensure that our paths are clearly illuminated. We hold fast to them and in so doing, set an example for others. I’m overwhelmingly grateful to our founding fathers for their moral courage and their foresight. When they noted in the preamble to our constitution, that we would seek to “form a more perfect union” – they gave us an incredible gift in the form of a challenge to ensure this democratic experiment is never left unguarded. They instilled in us an understanding that we were to vigilantly strive to “secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.”
“Mr. President, thank you again for joining us here tonight. Again, it’s with great honor that I stand here tonight, representing the United States of America in front of our strategic partner and ally, and pledge our full commitment to this relationship, to another 135 years of close partnership and to the common ideals for which so many have sacrificed so much,” the U.S. official concluded.