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Interior Minister Oprea: It is important opportunity for Romania to consolidate, develop relations with U.S.

Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea said on Sunday, after the visit paid to the U.S., that in the current security context, it is an important opportunity for Romania to consolidate and to develop its relations with the U.S., especially in terms of national and regional stability and security.

Deputy Prime Minister Oprea has paid an official visit to Washington, upon the FBI invitation, where he met with U.S. Attorney General, representatives of the Department of Justice, the main federal law-enforcement agencies, with head of the U.S. Intelligence Community, who is senior intelligence advisor of the U.S. President, as well as with members of the U.S. Senate.

“During each of the meetings, I received very encouraging and appreciative messages regarding Romania’s relations with the U.S., through the Strategic Partnership between the two countries. In the current security context, it is an important opportunity for Romania to consolidate and develop these relations, especially in terms of national and regional stability and security,” Oprea said in a press statement at the Ministry of the Interior headquarters.

He pointed out that Romania, through its military efforts within NATO, through cooperation in the field of security and through its contribution to the intelligence community, is appreciated at the highest level by the U.S. Administration.

Gabriel Oprea pointed out that the main themes with US officials focused on the security, strengthening the rule of law, justice and law enforcement.

The deputy prime minister said he had signed with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch the agreement between Romania’s Government and the U.S. Government on enhance cooperation in preventing and combating serious crimes, a step representing the fulfillment by Romania of the most important technical criteria necessary for its inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program.

“In terms of strategic cooperation, we have discussed a great deal on the importance of the Deveselu facility, which we will make operational by the end of this year, which is further proof of Romania’s capacity to meet the protection measures of NATO in the region. Each step forward on the line of cooperation with the U.S. authorities contribute to strengthening our Strategic Partnership, a major objective in terms of regional stability and security. The strengthening of the Strategic Partnership with the U.S. represents for Romania, along with its presence in the EU and NATO, a major pillar of our foreign policy,” said the deputy prime minister, adding that the objectives of his visit had been agreed upon with Prime Minister Victor Ponta and President Klaus Iohannis.

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