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Minister Bogdan Aurescu visits Israel, tackles bilateral cooperation with Knesset speaker

Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu met on Monday Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, to whom he talked about the interest of maintaining a high dynamic of the bilateral dialogue, the relevant ministry informed Agerprs in a press release.

According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE), the Romanian head of diplomacy expressed satisfaction for the “comprehensive dialogue”, in the context of the recent visit Edelstein has paid to Romania.

“Bogdan Aurescu stressed the interest for maintaining a high dynamic of the bilateral dialogue, with a view to continuing the upward trend of the past years in the cooperation between the two countries, including the activity of the two Parliaments. He emphasized the importance of organizing another joint governments sitting next year, and a first meeting of the Joint Economic Commission,” the MAE mentioned.

The two officials have also tackled the military cooperation, on grounds including Romania’s and Israel’s involvement and experience in the field of missile defence.

The Romanian minister expressed his concern about the recent wave of violence in Israel and urged for restraint and measures of calming the situation from all the parties involved. He highlighted the importance of forging an alleviated climate and re-establishing trust as a precondition to resume direct peace negotiations with the Palestinian side; he offered the support of the Romanian party in this respect, in a bilateral and multilateral framework,” the source adds.

In his turn, says the MAE release, the Knesset Speaker said the current visit to Israel of the Romanian chief diplomat is “a natural continuation” of the Romanian-Israeli political dialogue and sends the necessary signals to speed up the economic and strategic cooperation between the two countries.

The Israeli high official expressed his country’s interest for joint projects in cutting edge fields, such as in the IT, R&D, renewable energies and other; the top Romanian diplomat underlined the investment opportunities in Romania’s growing economy.


Visit to Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Memorial: Romania’s priorities for its 2016 term at the chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), presented

Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu, currently on a two-day official visit to Israel, on Monday took a trip to the Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem, saying on the occasion that Romania’s priorities for its 2016 term at the chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) will be training police and representatives of the judiciary in the combat of discrimination.

According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, the focus of the upcoming Romanian chairmanship of the IHRA will be on the education of media representatives, given their role as opinion shapers, broadening the horizon of education on the Holocaust and promoting research thereon in member states and alliance partners, but also on training police and representatives of the judiciary in the combat of discrimination.

“Minister Bogdan Aurescu mentioned that these elements represent the three pillars of the Romanian IHRA chairmanship, but that other projects are also being envisaged and reviewed, on themes related to human rights and anti-Semitism or the Roma genocide, and ways to develop this subject within the IHRA,” reads the release.

In talks with Yad Vashem Memorial experts, the Romanian chief diplomat pointed out that the drama of those who died is an important lesson for the future and that assuming recent history is necessary so that the tragedy of the Holocaust never happens again.

According to the cited source, the Yad Vashem Memorial representatives voiced appreciation for the measures taken by Romania in the combat of anti-Semitism and the promotion of education on subjects related to the Holocaust and expressed support for the implementation of the goals assumed by Romania by taking over the IHRA chairmanship.

Minister Bogdan Aurescu attended the eternal flame lighting ceremony, laid a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance and signed the Memorial Book of Honor, noting, inter alia, that on October 9 this year Romania marked the National Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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