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U.S. Vice-President Biden receives President Iohannis, voices satisfaction over Romania’s fight against corruption

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden received the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the White House.
According to the White House readout of the meeting, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations, European security, anti-corruption, energy security, and the European migration crisis. “The leaders discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations in the security, political, and economic spheres, as well as Romania’s important contributions to NATO security efforts, including its support for the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and the hosting of a missile defense site at Deveselu, which will become operational later this year. The Vice President welcomed President Iohannis’ focus on anti-corruption efforts and rule of law as a means to strengthen national security and promote greater investment and economic growth. Finally, the two leaders discussed the importance of having a unified European approach to both energy security and the current migration crisis,” the readout shows.

Iohannis: It was an excellent meeting, with an excellent outcome

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis said Monday, after meeting US Vice President Joe Biden at the White House that “it was an excellent meeting, with an excellent outcome”.

Iohannis said the U.S Vice President voiced satisfaction over Romania’s progress with the fight against corruption.
“We discussed the situation in Romania. Vice-President Biden voiced satisfaction over the state of play in Romania’s fight against corruption and trust in the process going on,” Iohannis told a press conference at the Romanian Embassy in Washington.
Iohannis said the meeting, which last more than one hour, was very warm.
He added that their conversation also focused on the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the US, with the two officials agreeing on more work being done on the economic side of it.
“First of all, we discussed the Strategic Partnership. Together, we assessed this partnership, which is excellent and very strong. The political and military sides of it are excellent and we agreed to try and work on the economic side. Such a partnership should have a very substantial economic component,” said Iohannis.
He said very many issues worrying the US and Romania alike were discussed as well.

Biden invited to attend a mini summit of NATO scheduled for November in Bucharest

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis said Monday, after meeting US Vice-President Joe Biden, that he invited the US high-ranking official to attend a mini-summit of NATO scheduled for November in Bucharest.

“I told Vice President Biden that Romania organises this November a NATO mini-summit and invited him to attend,” Iohannis said at the Romanian Embassy in the US.

He added that together with Biden, he assessed some security matters, particularly those of concern to Romania’s security, given that Romania lies in a problem-ridden area. The two also discussed the situation in Ukraine and the new US military facility at Deveselu, expected to be commissioned somewhere this year, according to Iohannis.

“We concluded that cooperation in this area is excellent,” said Iohannis.

The President added that their conversation also focused on the ongoing refugee crisis and how to manage it, along with the latest developments in the Republic of Moldova.

Presidential Administration: Biden says he will have direct communication with President Iohannis

U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden on Monday said he will have direct communication with Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis, over the telephone, and through Romania’s Ambassador to the US George Maior, according to the Presidential Administration.

The US leader said Romania fares well as far as the fight against corruption and achieving energy interconnection are concerned.

Biden said there are two new instruments in the international affairs, namely corruption and energy, with Romania faring well in both areas. Romania, he added, is freer when it comes to energy energy interconnection included.

Biden is also quoted as having praised Romania for having earmarked 2 percent of its Gross Domestic Product for defence spending.

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