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January 21, 2021

Iohannis: Ponta did not consult me on Sofia visit, had no mandate to make pledges on behalf of Romania in any way

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said in Arad on Sunday that Prime Minister Victor Ponta had not consulted him on the trilateral meeting held in Sofia with his Bulgarian and Serbian counterparts on Saturday and he had no mandate to make pledges on behalf of Romania in any way.

“The prime minister did not consult me, he went sight-seeing to Sofia, he met other prime ministers, a matter that is interesting as a weekend employment. Mr. Ponta had no mandate to make pledges on behalf of Romania in any way. Those declarations that he made are utterly non-committing for me”, Iohannis stressed.

He said, in answering to the reporters’ questions, that after he returns from a meeting organised by the European Commission on the migratory flows to the Western Balkans in Brussels, he will discuss with the head of Government on this issue.

Romania’s Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Saturday at the end of a trilateral meeting in Sofia of the prime ministers of Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia in the Craiova Group format that the common action of the entire Europe will be the best solution to manage the current migration crisis.

Bulgaria’s National News Agency BTA quoted Ponta as saying that the three countries fulfil their obligations and show solidarity with the entire Europe; however, the responsibility cannot rest with certain countries only.

According to Ponta, if there are countries that close their borders and build fences, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia too have the right to promptly protect themselves, “but this is not a good solution”. The good solution is the common action of whole Europe, he said.

The Romanian prime minister also raised a question at the meeting about what will happen to the people who do not want to stay in Romania, Bulgaria or Serbia, given that the refugee quota principle will be followed.

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