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Foreign Minister Aurescu, Israeli PM Netanyahu discuss military and cyber security cooperation

Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Tuesday had a meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on which occasion the Romanian official mentioned the possibility of the two countries cooperating in the area of cyber security and also made a reference to the continuation of military cooperation and collaboration in other areas of common interest.

According to a press statement the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) released to Agerpres, the two officials reconfirmed the existence of privileged relations between Romania and Israel and reviewed the latest developments in areas of common interest identified by the second Romanian-Israeli intergovernmental meeting, of June 2014.

“Minister Bogdan Aurescu proposed – and the Israeli Prime Minister agreed – the commencement of preparations for a new joint session of the two Governments, to take place next year. Moreover, he mentioned the need to organise the first session of the Romanian-Israeli Joint Economic Committee. Bogdan Aurescu also mentioned the possibility for cooperation in the cyber security area, starting from the well-known Romanian expertise in the field, but also the continuation of defence cooperation and also in other areas of common interest,” MAE points out.

On the other hand, Aurescu voiced Romania’s availability to continue to support the development of the Israel-EU dialogue.

“The two dignitaries also approached common interest topics on the regional agenda, voicing concern over the recent developments in the Middle East. In particular, the two officials talked about the impact of the recent security developments in Israel, with the Romanian minister having reiterated a call to calm the situation down. He underscored the importance of rebuilding confidence as a necessary premise for the resumption of direct negotiations related to the peace process,” says MAE.

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