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September 27, 2020

President Iohannis to attend EU-Africa Summit, Valletta summit on migration

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis will be attending, on Wednesday and Thursday in Malta, an EU-Africa Summit and a Valletta summit on migration.

Iohannis says the EU-Africa summit will seek the best ways to stop migration on the southern route.

“We need a support mechanism for African countries so as to get to control and contain such migration,” Iohannis told journalists at a news conference on Wednesday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

He underscored that the main theme of the Valletta summit of the European Council is migration.

“We will focus on an overall approach. (…) We will discuss strengthening control at EU’s external borders, managing refugee inflows and the so-called hot spots, places where refugees are received and registered,” said Iohannis.

He added that Romania is sharing the position of the other EU member states as far as the management of refugee flow is concerned.

“Romania is solidary with the other European Union member states and wants to join them in finding the best solutions to manage this significant wave of refugees. Romania wants rigorous checking at its own borders, and no specific issues have emerged in Romania. Romania is involved in very many European and international actions tackling the phenomenon. We are very much engaged in the FRONTEX agency, we are part and engaged in other actions at a European and world level, for instance the UN,” said Iohannis.

He added that Romania believes close cooperation with both home countries and transit countries is needed in order to control refugee flows.

“The countries of origin need support and pacification, while transit countries need intense cooperation to help them manage and contain in their turn the refugee flows. Romania agrees to get involved in all these measures. It believes that the external borders of the EU should be strengthened, and I do not mean here Romania’s borders, because they operate very well, but the borders through which the flow comes into Europe,” Iohannis concluded.

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