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May 16, 2021
DEFENCE DIPLOMACY

Romania, USA to boost cooperation against cross-border crime

Vice Prime Minister for national security, Minister of Internal Affairs Gabriel Oprea met FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano (photo R) on Tuesday in Washington; they agreed to continue the cooperation in preventing and fighting cross-border crime and to boost the joint efforts in this field, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) informed in a media release.

According to this document, the two officials stressed the excellent collaboration between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Romanian law enforcement agencies, especially the successful prevention and combating of cyber crime.

Matters of shared interest were analysed during the meeting, such as the prevention of and fight against serious crimes and terrorism; also the topic of illegal migration, in the context of growing immigrant flows to Europe.

Oprea was accompanied by Romania’s ambassador to the U.S. George Maior, by MAI State Secretary Ilie Botos and by Police Quaestor-General Petre Toba, General Inspector of the Romanian Police.


U.S. Senator open to Romania’s inclusion in Visa Waiver Program

Vice Prime Minister for national security, Minister of Internal Affairs Gabriel Oprea met on Tuesday in Washington Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and of the Subcommittee on European and Regional Security Cooperation, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) informed in a media release on Wednesday.

The two officials voiced their satisfaction for the excellent level of the bilateral relations between Romania and the United States, proven by the development of the Strategic Partnership for the 21st century.

The talks approached the topic of Romania’s inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program. Senator Johnson expressed his openness and support in this matter., the release informs.

Oprea stressed the excellent military collaboration between Romania and the U.S. in operation theatres abroad. He pointed out that the missile defence system in Deveselu is a major contribution to NATO’s capability of defence against ballistic missiles.

Other issues of regional stability and security were also discussed, especially the evolutions in Romania’s neighbourhood; the interest in the problems of refugees in Europe was also emphasized.


Interior Minister Oprea, DEA head Rosenberg tackle Romanian-US drug trafficking fight

The importance of collaboration between the law enforcement bodies in the preventing and combating drug trafficking was the main topic tackled by the Vice Prime Minister for national security, Gabriel Oprea, Minister of Internal Affairs on Tuesday in Washington, during his visit to the United States, with Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

“The operational support and the relations developed during the joint training programmes have led to the enhancement of an exceptional partnership between the Romanian and American law enforcement bodies, as well as to the achievement of important drug seizures. The DEA expertise was capitalized under various kinds by the Romanian police officers and I appreciate in particular the support of the American Administration for the antidrug officers’ training on drug trafficking fight,” the deputy premier for national security emphasized according to a press release by the Internal Affairs Ministry (MAI), sent to Agerpres.

The two officials have reasserted availability to strengthen partnership between the Romanian police officers and the DEA ones, by identifying of some new ways of collaboration and joint specialty training, included.

Likewise, during talks the two officials have stressed the significance of the bi- and multilateral operational platform that operates within the South-East European Law Enforcement Centre (SELEC) in Bucharest, where the staff works directly with the DEA representatives for everything that means the region’s issues of interest, the MAI release adds.

Oprea reasserted the assuming by Romania of the role of “coordinating nation” of the NATO Fund for cybersecurity for Ukraine, as well as our country’s interest to becoming a nodal point in the region in this field

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