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President’s and Premier’s foreign relations agenda this year

President Klaus Iohannis’ agenda already includes several key-destinations for 2016. Thus, the Head of State will visit Israel in the first part of the year, a visit that was supposed to take place last month, according to ‘Evenimentul Zilei.’ Likewise, Iohannis will visit Portugal. Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva, who visited Bucharest last summer, stated it would be “an honour” for his country to welcome Klaus Iohannis on a state visit, the aforementioned source adds.

Likewise, the Head of State was invited to China. Iohannis met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping last September in New York. The Chinese President invited Iohannis to Beijing. Klaus Iohannis will also visit Poland, where he will take part in the NATO Summit scheduled this summer.

The same source claims that the President may visit Japan and the United States where he will attend the UN General Assembly meeting.
Premier Dacian Ciolos’ first foreign trip this year will take place on January 7. Ciolos will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Dacian Ciolos will also visit Paris, at the invitation of Francois Hollande.

Since the Netherlands will take over the presidency of the European Union, Dacian Ciolos’ agenda includes a visit to The Hague, ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ points out. Moreover, the Premier could once again attend the European Council summit in Brussels. In fact, he announced that he plans to hold “detailed” talks with the President of the European Council and with other leaders. The talks would focus on the role Romania wants to play within the EU.

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