Romania’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu in Ramallah on Monday had talks with Palestinian Prime Minister Rahmi Hamdallah and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki, to reiterate Romania’s support for the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations resumption and called for immediate measures to appease tensions, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs in a release to Agerpres.
During the meetings, the officials also approached the current developments in the Middle East, with emphasis on the peace process prospects.
“In the current context market by increasing violence, the Romanian head diplomat called for immediate measures to appease tensions and to jointly condemn all terrorist or violent actions undermining regional stability and security. Moreover, he voiced Romania’s availability and openness to support positive developments for the resumption of direct negotiations, underscoring that unilateral approaches cannot lead to sustainable solutions,” MAE points out.
During the visit to Ramallah, Aurescu signed with his Palestinian counterpart a cooperation programme in the areas of education, culture and other related areas between Romania’s Government and Palestine’s Government, “which reconfirmed the interest of the two countries in consolidating their cooperation in the academic area.”
Moreover, the Romanian foreign minister and the Palestinian dignitaries agreed that a new session of the Romanian-Palestinian intergovernmental committee, which will be organised in Ramallah in the first half of 2016, will be a good opportunity to give a new pace to bilateral cooperation.
“Rahmi Hamdallah and Riad al-Malki thanked Romania for granting institutional assistance, mainly on the foreign minister level, but also in areas such as emergency healthcare and agriculture, the exploitation of water resources, in which common projects will continue to be developed. The Romanian chief diplomat underscored that since 2012 Romania has provided each year 30 scholarships to Palestinian youth in medicine, engineering and civil defence. He also mentioned the training programme for diplomats conducted by the Romanian Diplomatic Institute, also benefiting Palestinian diplomats, and assistance in terms of consular training and the annual scholarships offered by the Police Academy,” the release also shows.
On the other hand, the Syrian file was also approached during the discussions, especially in the context of the Russian military intervention, which complicates the transition to a negotiated political solution to the Syrian crisis.
Bogdan Aurescu, President Mahmoud Abbas discuss bilateral and multilateral programmes for the development of the Palestinian institutional capacities
Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu was welcomed on Monday in Ramallah by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, to talk about the current situation in the Middle East and the prospects for the resumption of peace negotiations with Israel.
According to a Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) press statement released to Agerpres on Monday, during the meeting, the Romanian chief diplomat voiced Romania’s support for the development of the Palestinian institutional capacities within some bilateral and multilateral programmes.
Moreover, the two officials discussed the calendar of the future bilateral meetings and the organisation of a new meeting of the Romanian- Palestinian Intergovernmental Committee, to be presided over by the two foreign ministers in the first half of 2016.
Aurescu also mentioned the ongoing scholarship programmes, as well as the availability to increase their number, and also the possibilities to expand bilateral cooperation to include areas such as agriculture, healthcare, water resources exploitation.
“The Romanian head diplomat discussed with the Palestinian President the current situation in the Middle East and the prospects for the peace negotiations with Israel resuming, on which occasion he urged to immediate cessation of the violent actions and for the encouragement of the measures meant to lead to growing mutual trust. He voiced Romania’s openness to support, including within the EU, but also on a bilateral level, the creation of the necessary atmosphere for the resumption of the direct peace negotiations. Moreover, he made a call for the achievement of inter-Palestinian reconciliation,” the statement reads.
According to MAE, before the meeting with President Abbas, Minister Aurescu laid a wreath at the tomb of former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.