DEFENCE

US official: Deveselu antimissile defence system to become active on December 18

The antimissile defence system in southwestern Romania’s Deveselu will become active on December 18, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary John Heffern told Radio Romania Actualitati (RRA) on Wednesday in Washington, Agerpres informs.

 John Heffern participated on Wednesday at the Library of Congress in the reception marking the National Day of Romania.

 Activating the antimissile defence system in Deveselu on December 18 demonstrates very, very strongly a good governance, transparency and fight against corruption, Heffern stated.

 I was very enthusiastic to see the events that took place in Bucharest in the past two months. State Secretary (John) Kerry described Romania’s commitment for good governance as a model for other countries, the US official stated.

 Asked about the security situation in the region, he warned that challenges are coming from all sides. From the East we have, of course, issues with Russian aggression in Ukraine, we have problems in the South as well, the US official stated. From the point of view of its geographical location and politic commitment, Romania is important for us, to be able to face these challenges, John Heffern added.

 

 Ambassador Maior: Romania, island of stability, anchor of transatliantic commitments on NATO’s Eastern flank

 

 Romania is an island of stability and an anchor of transatlantic commitments on NATO’s Eastern flank and has the position and the resources to become the cornerstone of any regional strategy on energy security, Romanian Ambassador to the United States George Maior stated during an event marking the National Day of Romania held at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.

 According to a press release sent to Agerpres on Thursday by the Romanian Embassy to the US, the event gathered over 250 guests, including US Congressmen, representatives of the US administration, members of the diplomatic corps and of the Romanian community in the United States.

 On the occasion, the Romanian ambassador received from Congressman Michael Turner the Resolution of the House of Representatives marking 135 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and the US, the release states.

 “Today, the Strategic Partnership with the United States has become a pillar of Romania’s foreign and security policy. Amid challenges affecting the region, from the crisis in Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea, to the complex situation in the Middle East, Romania represents an island of stability and an anchor of transatlantic commitments on the Eastern flank of the North Atlantic Alliance. Romania can become a reference centre for American companies. The IT, auto manufacturing and energy sectors are areas with an important potential for cooperation. Romania has the position and resources to become the cornerstone of any regional strategy on energy security,” Ambassador Maior stated.

 The National Day of Romania and the 135th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Romania and the US were celebrated in Washington DC on December 2, with events being held at the Library of Congress, one of the most renowned cultural institutions and at the Romanian Embassy.

 “The event held at the Library of Congress debuted with a moment of silence in the memory of the victims of the deadly fire in Colectiv Club, as well as of the Paris terrorist attacks and elsewhere. During the event, Ambassador George Cristian Maior, Congressman Michael Turner, State Department’s John Heffern and Grant Harris, Head of the European reading Room addressed the public,” the statement reads.

 In this context, Michael Turner appreciated Romania’s status of strategic partner and the “crucial role” played in the North Atlantic Alliance, as well as the importance of the Romanian community in the US in strengthening relations between the two countries.

 In his turn, John Heffern delivered best wishes on behalf of the US Administration on the National Day of Romania and highlighted Romania’s commitment to strengthen the rule of law and a good governing and showed that Romania represents a role model for countries in the region, the statement informs.

 Grant Harris, who also serves as Reference Specialist and Recommending Officer for Romanian materials, made a presentation of the Romanian materials available at the Library of Congress, totalling 80,000 items, representing the largest collection of Romanian books available in a library outside of Romania and Moldova.

 

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