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President Klaus Iohannis, Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc to welcome Victoria Nuland on Monday

President Klaus Iohannis will welcome Victoria Nuland, US Deputy Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, on Monday, at 02:00 pm, at the Cotroceni Palace, the Presidential Administration informs.

The two will discuss improving the investments climate in Romania, the situation in the region, particularly in Moldova, but also about the relations with Ukraine and Russia.

Also on Monday, Minister of National Defence Mihnea Motoc will meet with Victoria Nuland, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, informed a Romanian Defence Ministry’s release issued on Sunday .

According to the cited source, the agenda of talks includes issues related to bilateral military cooperation within the Romanian-American Strategic Partnership, and the security situation of the region.

The US Embassy in Bucharest has informed earlier this week that Victoria Nuland will pay a visit to Romania, where she will meet President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos.

“Victoria Nuland, US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs, will meet President Iohannis, Premier Ciolos and other representatives of the new Government to discuss bilateral issues of common interest within our strategic Partnership,” said the US Embassy in Bucharest.

Victoria Nuland was expected to arrive in Bucharest on Sunday, and at 08:00 pm she will meet Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos.

Official sources have told Agerpres that, in an informal dinner, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos will unveil to the US official the priorities of his Government.

Comanescu- Nuland meeting in Lithuania

Minister of Foreign Affairs Lazar Comanescu met on Thursday in Lithuania with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland. The two officials approached, among others, the situation in the region, with focus on developments in the Republic of Moldova, informs a release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to the cited source, the meeting took place on the sidelines of the traditional informal “Snow Meeting” on foreign policy and security, in the town of Trakai, Lithuania.

“The sides voiced particular appreciation for the current dynamics of bilateral relations and the clear desire to further develop the Romania – U.S. Strategic Partnership, both on the security and the economic dimension. The situation in the region was also approached on the occasion, with focus on developments in the Republic of Moldova,” the Foreign Ministry said.

The cited source mentions that the two officials expressed concern with the situation in Chisinau, underscoring that the political actors in the Republic of Moldova must be aware of the need to take action to maintain the European track of the country, in keeping with the interests of its citizens.

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