The new U.S. Ambassador to Romania, Hans G Klemm presented his letter of credence to President Klaus Iohannis on Monday. He arrived in Bucharest on Sunday evening and addressed earlier on Monday his first message to Romanians in a YouTube video. “I wish to have a fruitful and open dialogue with you in person and on-line,” the Ambassador told Romanians in Romanian language.
“Welcome to Romania. It’s a pleasure to receive you here,” Iohannis stated after Hans Klemm presented his letter of credence as ambassador to Romania.
At the end of the ceremony that took place at the Presidential Palace, a ceremony attended by Presidential advisors Dan Mihalache, Lazar Comanescu and Laurentiu Stefan and by Foreign Ministry Secretary of State Daniel Ionita, the Head of State and the new US ambassador to Romania held a meeting.
Hans Klemm was accompanied at the Presidential Palace by US charge d’affaires Dean Thompson.
Foreign Minister Aurescu underlines Romanian side’s desire to consolidate and deepen the collaboration
Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu received the United States’ nominated Ambassador to Romania Hans G. Klemm on Monday in order for the latter to present his letters of credence.
According to a Foreign Ministry (MAE) press release, the two officials’ exchange of opinions outlined the excellent and privileged level of Romanian-American relations which this year mark 135 years of existence. The head of the Romanian diplomatic corps emphasized the central role that the strategic partnership with the United States plays in Romania’s foreign policy and security architecture and expressed his appreciation for the United States’ contribution to Romania’s security.
Minister Aurescu emphasized the Romanian side’s desire to consolidate and deepen the collaboration on all levels of reference of the strategic partnership with the United States. The main benchmarks of the bilateral agenda up to the end of this year were reviewed, the joint interest in expanding political contacts in the future being expressed. Bogdan Aurescu emphasized the attention that the Romanian side is giving to the activity of the Task Force on implementing the Joint Declaration on the Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century between Romania and the United States of America.
In what concerns the political-military and security level, the Romanian Foreign Minister saluted the good cooperation on accomplishing joint strategic projects, especially rendering the missile defence system in Deveselu operational by the end of the year.
The two officials also examined the manner of capitalizing on the opportunities to expand the bilateral economic cooperation, agreeing on the even more efficient capitalization of the bilateral potential from this standpoint. The relevance of the 4th annual economic mission of the American-Romanian Business Council (AMRO), scheduled to take place in Bucharest this autumn, for amplifying the economic dimension of the strategic partnership was outlined in this context.
During their talks, the two officials also tackled aspects concerning the goal of including Romania in the Visa Waiver Program.
Minister Aurescu also expressed the Romanian authorities’ interest in developing bilateral interactions also within the framework of other domains of interest agreed upon in the Joint Declaration. Apart from the political-military and security dimension, Bogdan Aurescu pointed out that it is necessary to amplify cooperation also in what concerns Romanian-American collaboration in top-level technology, education, research and cultural exchange domains.
At the same time, aspects concerning regional stability and security, particularly the developments taking place in Romania’s neighbourhood, were also discussed. Opinions were exchanged on the situation in the Republic of Moldova and the support that Romania and the United States can offer to this close partner during the current stage of its European road was discussed.
Minister Aurescu extended to ambassador Klemm wishes of success, assuring him of full support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and from him personally.
Newly arrived in Bucharest, Ambassador Hans Klemm introduces himself to Romanians in a YouTube video
Speaking in Romanian, Ambassador Klemm says that his interest in Romania was first sparked by his university professor Matei Calinescu. In his first message to Romanians, he said that he is enchanted by the country’s culture, language and history. As an ambassador, his goal will be to strengthen the bilateral security partnership, support Romania’s adherence to the rule of law and the fight against corruption, and to expand bilateral trade and investment.
“I wish to have a fruitful and open dialogue with you in person and on-line,” the Ambassador tells Romanians.
The transcript of the video message below:
“Buna ziua! I am Hans Klemm, the new American Ambassador to Romania.
After more than thirty years of diplomatic service, I am deeply honored that President Obama chose me to represent America in Romania.
My interest in your country was first sparked by my university professor, Matei Calinescu, the distinguished and deeply missed Romanian writer and literary critic. Since then, I have been enchanted by Romania’s culture, language and history.
Today we share a vision for a Europe whole, free, and at peace. As Ambassador my goal will be to strengthen our security partnership, support your adherence to the rule of law and fight against corruption, expand bilateral trade and investment, and deepen the bonds between the people of America and Romania.
I wish to have a fruitful and open dialogue with you in person or on-line. My wife Mari and I eagerly look forward to exploring your beautiful countryside and vibrant cities, and meeting you soon.
Aşadar, pe curând!”