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January 23, 2022

MAE: Embassy in China has acted in the case of missing Romanian sailor and continues to do so

Romania’s Embassy in Beijing has called on the Chinese authorities to start off specific procedures in the case of a Romanian sailor who on August 5 disappeared from the deck of a ship travelling toward the port of Caofeidian, and its actions are continuing, but the Romanian diplomatic mission cannot interfere with ongoing inquiries, Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) told Agerpres on Wednesday
MAE says the family of the missing Romanian national got in touch with it to inform about the latest developments in the situation of the sailor.

“Following instructions from the central office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Romanian Embassy in Beijing notified all the relevant local authorities abroad and demanded the start of specific procedures for such instances. We want to mention that the initial request submitted by the Romanian Embassy in Beijing to the Chinese authorities on August 8, 2015, was restarted on August 9 and 11. The Romanian diplomatic mission has been in touch with the family of the Romanian national ever since the notification was made, and informing about all its actions, every time something new came up,” MAE reports.

It also says the actions of the Romanian Embassy continues right now within the limits of its competences, with the diplomatic mission keeping in touch both with the local Chinese authorities and the family of the Romanian national, waiting for the findings of the inquiry into the circumstances of the sailor’s disappearance.

“The Romanian diplomatic mission cannot interfere with ongoing inquiries on the soil of other countries, as the exclusive competence in such instances is vested with the local authorities of the country in question,” MAE concluded.

The family of the missing Romanian sailor on Wednesday told the media that the sailor disappeared on August 5 off the Yellow See while travelling aboard the Huahine commercial ship journeying under Malta’s flag, 180 miles east of the coast of China

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