President Klaus Iohannis would not like the annual meeting of the Romanian diplomacy to turn into a mere formality.
“I want to tell you from the very beginning that I do not want a traditional meeting of Romania’s diplomacy, like this one, to turn into a mere formality that we tick off every year. I would like it to be an opportunity for us to reconnect with our commitments as a state, where to reaffirm our identity in the world in the bodies of which we are a member and in our bilateral relationships,” Iohannis told Romanian ambassadors accredited abroad at a meeting on Thursday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace
He urged the attending diplomats to turn this moment into a lucid analysis of their activity to be followed up by consistent and clear actions.
“A strong Romania in Europe and the world is not just the vision under which we have designed the National Defence Strategy, and is not limited to national security or defence, but it is equally a means of defining ourselves in foreign policy. What makes us strong in the foreign policy is an integrating approach, partnership and predictability,” said Iohannis.
He underscored that in the first months of his term in office he attached special attention to foreign policy as a means of achieving Romania’s objectives and interests.
“In a highly globalised and strongly interconnected world, foreign policy performance is directly reflected upon the Romanian society. We have thus moved on to the next level in our foreign policy, which we have designed by continuing the major directions established in the past, but in a more active and more creative manner in our relations with strategic partners and the other countries, as well as inside the organisations of which we are a member,” added Iohannis.
He mentioned that making the Romanian state and citizens’ voice heard in the world is a priority.
“That entails a communicational effort, relation and coordination that you, the representatives of the Romanian diplomatic corps, are called upon to continue and expand. The president can do certain things that he cannot finalise alone. Romania is all of us, and our citizens are with good reason expecting concrete results,” Iohannis concluded.
“Romania wants stronger Partnership with US, substantial American presence”
President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday said that Romania wants to consolidate its Partnership with the United States and a substantial American presence in the country.
“On a global level, democracy, freedom and compliance with international law are our major commitments. I believe that these are foundations from which security and prosperity result, and our actions and decisions should have them always as landmark. Our major framework of international action is given by the Strategic Partnership with the United States, as well as by our belonging to the NATO and the European Union. Within a complex security context, the security dimension of the Strategic Partnership with the US has been substantially developed. We wish the strengthening of this Partnership and a consistent US presence in Romania. This will be also carried by the Deveselu and Kogalniceanu military bases, and by Romania’s participation in joint military exercises, without limiting to these,” Iohannis said during the Romanian diplomats’ meeting at the Cotroceni Palace.
The head of state pointed out that the development of the bilateral cooperation with the United States on other dimensions is also essential, nominating the economic and of investments’ dimension, respectively.
“We are glad to learn about an increase of the American interest in investing in Romania and we’ll do our best for that trend to confirm and bear fruit for both sides,” he added.
“Romania to continue role of Moldova’s strongest ally on course to Europe”
Romania is still the strongest ally of the Republic of Moldova on this country’s European path, President Klaus Iohannis told Romanian ambassadors on Thursday.
The President also emphasized Romania’s support for the European integration of the Western Balkan countries and of the Eastern Partnership states that have signed free trade agreements with the European Union.
“We will continue to support the efforts made by the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine on the path of reforms aimed at placing these states on a European course. Romania will continue to be the strongest ally in the European path of the Republic of Moldova. We equally consider this support within the EU and in the dialogue with the other member states, and the direct and concrete bilateral support to Moldova’s efforts on its interior level to get closer to the European Union, until the integration,” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Palace, where he received the ambassadors on their annual meeting.
He also asserted that the planned review of the European Neighbourhood policy might result in stronger relations between the EU and the states in the Eastern Neighbourhood.
Iohannis insists on Romania’s inclusion in Schengen Area as a contributor to EU border security
President Klaus Iohannis also stated on Thursday that Romania’s inclusion in the Schengen Area would contribute to the strengthening the security of European Union’s borders.
“[Romania’s] Accession to the Schengen Area will continue to be an objective for the upcoming period. Besides fulfilling the necessary requirements, it is important to reiterate that Romania inclusion in this area will contribute to the strengthening of EU’s external borders security,” Iohannis stated at the Cotroceni Palace, at the meeting with Romanian ambassadors.
“Economic diplomacy, insufficiently capitalised on
President Klaus Iohannis argues that economic diplomacy is insufficiently used and capitalized on, insisting that the mould should be broken if results are to be obtained in the area.
“I am convinced that what we are currently building in the foreign policy will positively reflect in the medium and long term on the Romanian society, if we know how to pursue our objectives seriously and consistently, working together as a team. This team of foreign policy will also entail a sincere evaluation of the things that do not work, the areas where we are efficient and those where there is a syncope,” Iohannis told Romanian diplomats accredited abroad at a meeting on Thursday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
He mentioned economic diplomacy to the point.” For instance, we have been talking for years about economic diplomacy and the need for a substantial increase, particularly of a qualitative increase, in this dimension. Despite some progress and especially despite the existing potentials, this is still insufficiently used, capitalised on. If we want different outcomes, we will have to break the mould and seek new practices,” said the President.
Iohannis mentioned that similarly, cultural diplomacy should be used, urging the attending diplomats to consider the two components to a greater extent.
He said domestic politics in Romania has started moving to a new stage. “Domestic politics is passing through a cycle of stability, dialogue and consensus on major themes. The political climate starts changing from the previous years, and, for the first time after a long period of constant conflict, consensus was possible to mount on issues that regard Romania’s interests. I am glad to notice that the political players of the Power and the Opposition have understood that besides inherent contradictions that are natural in any democracy, there is also an avenue for debate and dialogue,” said Iohannis.
He mentioned that his objective as far as domestic politics is concerned, is to keep and develop a set of arguments that generate external confidence in Romania by strengthening democratic mechanisms, continuing the fight against terror, strengthening the rule of law and justice independence.
The President urged the attending Romanian diplomats to clearly and firmly convey these messages in the countries they are accredited to.