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Foreign Minister Comanescu highlights ‘sound and privileged’ character of Romanian-German relations

Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu met his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Tuesday in Berlin; during the talks, he higlighted the “sound and privileged” character of the Romanian-German relations. The two officials discussed the bilateral relations and the European, regional and international agenda, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informed in a release to Agerpres.

According to the MAE, Comanescu pointed out the high pace of recent bilateral political contacts on Presidency, Government and Parliament levels and mentioned the “remarkable dynamics of the bilateral economic cooperation,” as Germany is Romania’s main commercial partner and the third foreign investor in Romania. The top diplomat also pleaded for continuing the consolidation of German companies in the Romanian economy.

The two ministers also stressed the special importance of Romanians, the German ethnics of Romania residing in Germany and the German minority in Romania for the bilateral relations, as sound bridges between the two countries.

“As regards the European agenda, the migration topic was approached; minister Lazar Comanescu confirmed again Romania’s full support to a solidary and responsible action in this field. Moreover, he emphasized Romania’s significant contribution to a consistent approach in terms of rights and responsibilities in an extended and functional Schengen Area,” the MAE release reads.

Also on discussed were the political evolutions in the Republic of Moldova. In this context, ministers Comanescu and Steinmeier pronounced themselves in favour of the continuation of Moldova’s European path and of firm actions of the government in Chisinau to implement the EU Association Agreement and the reform agenda.

The Romanian foreign minister pleaded for a differentiated approach in EU’s relations with the Eastern Partnership states, in accordance with the political will, the concrete progress demonstrated and the level of aspirations of each state.

“The two officials also addressed the relations between the EU and the United Kingdom, in the perspective of the British referendum on the Union membership. In this respect, there were talks on the need of identifying solutions within the framework provided by the Union Treaties, in full respect of the fundamental rights and freedoms, including the free movement of individuals and workforce and the principle of equality of all European citizens,” the release adds.

Cooperation in the context of NATO was another topic discussed by the two ministers, as were the situation in Ukraine, the evolutions in the Western Balkans and the Syrian crisis.

The programme of Comanescu’s official visit also included meetings with Bundestag’s European Affairs Committee Chairman Gunther Krichbaum, with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s advisors Christoph Heusgen (foreign policy, security and development ) and Uwe Corsepius (European affairs). The talks with the Bundestag and Federal Chancellery addressed topics of the bilateral cooperation and of the European and international agenda, the MAE mentioned.

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