DIPLOMACY

President Iohannis arrives in New York: First meeting, with American investors

President Klaus Iohannis arrived on Thursday in the U.S., where he is on an official visit until next Wednesday.

On the first day of his visit to the U.S., the Romanian President will meet in New York with representatives of some institutional investors and investment banks. At this meeting, he will deliver a speech on ‘Romania – Attractive Destination for Institutional Investors,” Agerpres correspondent informs.

On Friday, President Iohannis will attend the opening of the UN Summit on the adoption of Post-2015 Development Agenda and a luncheon with the leaders of American multinational companies present or wishing to invest in Romania.

On Saturday, the head of state will meet with the Romanian community in New York, and on Sunday he will have two national interventions, one at the meeting of world leaders on achieving gender equality and women’s capacity, and another at the UN Summit for adopting the Sustainable Development Agenda, where U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will also take the floor.

On Monday evening, President Iohannis and his wife, Carmen, are to attend the traditional reception hosted by President Barack Obama.

On Tuesday, the Romanian President will have a national intervention in the general debates of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly and afterwards he will attend leaders’ Summit to counter ISIS and violent extremism, a meeting initiated and hosted by the U.S. President. On the same day, President Iohannis will meet with the Atlantic Council and will participate in the “Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea Leaders’ Meeting,” an initiative of Croatia’s President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, under the aegis of the Atlantic Council.

President Iohannis will have meetings, on the sidelines of the UN Summit, with other heads of state. He will meet with US Vice President Joe Biden in Washington.

It is the first time in ten years that Romania is represented by its President at the UN Summit.

“This year, UN is celebrating 70 years since its founding, and Romania is marking 60 years since it became a UN member. I am glad I can represent Romania on this occasion. This year, the General Assembly is being attended by a record number of heads state,” Iohannis said on Wednesday, at the Cotroceni Palace.

He added that the meeting with Joe Biden would refer to the firm objective of strengthening the partnership between Romania and the U.S.

Before arriving in New York, the Romanian head of state attended the informal meeting of the Extraordinary European Council.

The delegation accompanying President Iohannis includes Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu, presidential advisers Dan Mihalache, Cosmin Marinescu, Andrei Muraru, Ion Oprisor, Laurentiu Stefan, Leonard Orban, Lazar Comanescu and Foreign Affairs Ministry’s State Secretary Daniel Ionita. Also, the Romanian head of state is being accompanied by his wife, Carmen Iohannis.

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