President Klaus Iohannis stated on Wednesday at the high level reunion of countries in Central and Eastern Europe that it is necessary to strengthen the transatlantic connection, which he considers a key element for Euro-Atlantic and global security.
“I am convinced that through today’s consultation we will bring our contribution to efforts aiming at a NATO that is better prepared, stronger and better equipped to respond to security risks and threats, primarily those from the East, but also those from the South,” Iohannis said.
According to the president, it is necessary to underline the relevance of the transatlantic meeting, as a key element for Euro-Atlantic and global security.
“Our countries have joined NATO and the EU wishing to fulfill a dream of freedom and peace, of the wish to never again be compelled to live in fear and of the need to benefit from the security guarantee offered by the NATO membership and the prosperity and development ensured by EU membership. Today’s reunion will reaffirm our common commitment towards these principles and values,” the head of state added.
Iohannis pointed out that countries in Central and Eastern Europe are showing determination and capacity to contribute to building a consolidated and coherent foreign and security policy that will strengthen the security of the region and that of the Alliance as a whole.
“We have a clear image of the strategic challenges the Alliance is facing. The range of challenges, from the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea, amplifies the responsibility of our countries in ensuring stability and security. Our answers can only be coordinated,” Iohannis stated.
The reunion is presided over by President Klaus Iohannis and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, and sees the participation of Deputy Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Alexander Vershbow, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Slovak President Andrej Kiska, Hungarian President Ader Janos and Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Jan Hamacek.