Foreign Affairs minister Lazar Comanescu underscored at the informal Snow Meeting on foreign policy and security that took place in Trakai, Lithuania, the importance of the measures to consolidate NATO’s eastern flank, highlighting in this respect the need for the Alliance looking with enhanced attention at developments in the Black Sea region, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs in a release sent to Agerpres on Friday.
“Minister Lazar Comanescu highlighted in his intervention the importance of the allied unity, solidarity and cohesion. At the same time, the Minister underscored the importance of adopting some consistent decisions in the NATO Summit in Warsaw (July 8-9, 2016), aimed at the Alliance’s long-term process of adaptation to the security environment challenges. The Romanian top diplomat also stressed the importance of the measures to consolidate NATO’s eastern flank, highlighting in this respect the need for an enhanced attention within the alliance paid to the developments in the Black Sea region,” the MAE release points out.
The Romanian chief diplomat evoked the results of the meeting of Central and Eastern European heads of state hosted by Romania on November 4, 2015, and underscored the special significance of the December 18, 2015 ceremony on the presentation of the statement on the technical capability of the Aegis Ashore anti-missile defense facility based in Deveselu, from the perspective of NATO’s anti-missile defence system reaching the initial operation capacity, an objective which Romania supports in the prospects of the future summit, the MAE release shows.
Comanescu also stressed the importance of NATO’s enlargement policy, as well as of a strategic approach in the relation with the partner states, mainly those in the close vicinity.
Lazar Comanescu participated on Thursday and Friday in the informal meeting on foreign policy and security topics Snow Meeting that took place in Trakai, at the invitation of Lithuania’s Foreign Minister.
The 9th edition of the Snow Meeting was organised by the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry in Trakai, near Vilnius, having gathered decision-makers in the foreign policy and security area from NATO and EU member states, representatives of the two organisations and figures from the academic milieu.
The discussions of the 2016 Snow Meeting focused on the prospects of the NATO Summit in Warsaw (July 8-9, 2016), the assessment of the security environment and the NATO response to the current challenges, MAE points out.
Lazar Comanescu meets Lithuanian counterpart in Vilnius
Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu met on Thursday in Vilnius with his Lithuanian counterpart Linas Linkevicius, with the talks focusing on bilateral cooperation, topical issues on the European and regional agenda, as well as aspects of the cooperation within NATO, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs in a release sent to Agerpres.
According to the release, the meeting took place on the sidelines of the participation in the informal meeting on foreign policy and security topics “Snow Meeting”, in Trakai, Lithuania.
“The two foreign ministers highlighted the very good relations between Romania and the Republic of Lithuania, characterized by constant and consistent dialogue, having also approached the calendar of the visits for 2016. The discussions on the common interest topics on the European and Euro-Atlantic agenda reconfirmed the two countries’ similar positions. The two officials had an opinion exchange on the situation in the Eastern Neighbourhood, with focus on the developments in the Republic of Moldova and the need to continue the European path of this country,” MAE points out.
On the other hand, the MAE release adds, the two ministers voiced satisfaction with the good coordination under NATO’s umbrella.