14 years since the 9/11 terror attacks: Romania remains involved in international efforts to combat terrorism

Romania remains involved in the international efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, Deputy Prime Minister for National Security and Minister of the Interior Gabriel Oprea said on the occasion of commemorating 14 years since the 9/11 terror attacks.

“Along with its European and North Atlantic partners, Romania remains involved in the international efforts of to combat terrorism and extremism, understanding that only through a joint effort and solidarity can we ensure the security and safety of our countries’ citizens,” Oprea was quoted as saying by a Ministry of the Interior release.

In his opinion, the attacks in the U.S. and in European countries have shown that terrorism can strike anywhere and at any time and that no country is fully protected against this scourge.

“Intensifying the cooperation with our strategic partners and strengthening our own intervention capabilities are essential for deterring or countering other tragedies,” said Gabriel Oprea.

“14 years since the bloodiest terror attacks in the recent history of mankind, in my capacity as Deputy Prime Minister for National Security and Minister of the Interior, I wish to express my sympathy and solidarity with the American people. Romanians have always sympathized with all those who suffered due to the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington DC, being aware that the years that have passed cannot erase the pain of those who lost loved ones and the suffering of the wounded. (…) Although most victims were American citizens, there were also numerous foreign nationals among the victims. All the countries sharing the values of democracy, peace and freedom were involved in a war on terror, a war that we have not won yet, but we are determined to wage it through, as a promise assumed before our citizens,” added the Deputy Prime Minister.

PM Ponta: We are close to the American people on Patriot Day

Prime Minister Victor Ponta expressed on Friday his solidarity with the American people on Patriot Day, marking 14 years since the tragic 9/11 events.

“We are close to the American people on Patriot Day in commemorating the tragic events which took place in the U.S. fourteen years ago, on September 11 2001. Only through solidarity can one find the strength to carry on, but the memory of innocent victims will never be forgotten!”, the prime minister wrote on Friday on his Facebook account.

Foreign Minister Aurescu: September 11 tragedy gives new significance to Romania-U.S. relation

Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu sent U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a message on Friday expressing deep sympathy for the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, which killed more than 3,000 American citizens, including members of the U.S.-based Romanian community.

“Today we stand by the side of the American people in commemorating those who died and paying homage to the heroes of one of the darkest moments in recent history. (…) Romania stood and stands together with the United States of America. The absurd tragedy suffered by the American people has brought our two nations even closer together and has given new significance to the relation between Romania and the United States of America”, Aurescu said according to a ministry release to Agerpres.

The Romanian top diplomat also honoured those who fought, making the supreme sacrifice against terror and reiterated Romania’s determination to continue the efforts aimed to prevent and combat this threat, no matter what its form, alongside the U.S. and the international partners.

He evoked the significant role played by the Strategic Partnership forged by Bucharest and Washington in strengthening the bilateral relations, providing common security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area.

Chairman Tariceanu: Senate reaffirms Romania’s commitment to allies, partners in promoting peace, security

On the 14th anniversary on Friday of the 9/11 terror attacks in the United States, Chairman of the Romanian Senate Calin Popescu-Tariceanu reaffirmed the Senate’s commitment to Romania’ allies and partners in promoting global peace and security.

“Today marks 14 years since the tragic terror attacks of September 11, 2001 that devastated the United States and the entire world community, triggering a new vision of the fight against terror, to defend world peace and stability. On behalf of the Romanian Senate, I want to express solidarity with the American nation and especially with the families of those who died in the attacks. The Romanian Senate is reaffirming its firm commitment to Romania’s allies, friends and partners in promoting cooperation, peace and security in the world, the only alternative to challenges generated by intolerance, violence and terror,” Tariceanu said on Friday in a Facebook post.

Minister-delegate Tilvar: 9/11 attacks were an attack against the spirit of freedom

Minister-delegate for Romanians Abroad Angel Tilvar on Friday sent a message of solidarity with the American nation on the occasion of the commemoration of the 9/11 attacks.

“We are commemorating today the victims of the 9/11, 2001 terror attacks. This is a day for silence and meditation for us to remember those people – men and women, young and old – who fell victims to terror. Their memory will stay alive in our hearts. The 9/11 attacks were an attack against the spirit of freedom, against everything that is human, the values that we have to defend and affirm solidarity as members of the world community,” reads Tilvar’s message released to AGERPRES.

Tilvar also points out that Romania and the US are sharing common values and ideals while collaborating to promote world peace and stability.

“There is an important human link between our nations represented by more than half a million US citizens of Romanian ancestry and by numerous Romanian nationals who have found in the US their place for study, research, work and personal affirmation. Through them, we are close to the entire American nation. We are besides those who today are remembering their dear ones that are no more. We will always be together to assert the values of freedom!” Tilvar concludes his message.

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