Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Liviu Dragnea met on Tuesday evening in Jerusalem Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the Government’s seat, on which occasion the two tackled opportunities of cooperation and enhancement of bilateral relations, as well as the terrorism issue.
The Social Democrat leader, who is paying a five-day official visit to Israel, had a one and a half hour talk with PM Netanyahu, whom he assured that Romania would provide support for the relation with the European Union “to remain balanced, to everyone’s best interest,” bringing to mind, in context, the efforts of the PSD MEPs in this respect.
“The PSD Chairman told the Israeli Prime Minister that he regrets to see that the Israeli population suffers from the worsening of the security situation, underscoring that he was impressed with the tragedy of the mother murdered in front of her children. Liviu Dragnea sent condolences and his sincere regret, underscoring that it is all the politicians’ responsibility to fight against terrorism of any kind,” a PSD press release reads.
Dragnea also spoke of Romania’s contribution to the Foreign Affairs Council for the adoption of more balanced conclusions in respect to Israel. “We believe that linking the efforts for the Peace Process with the issue of product labelling in the Palestinian territories is not fair,” Liviu Dragnea said.
During the discussions, the Israeli Prime Minister appreciated the involvement of the Social Democrat leader in the consolidation and restoration of synagogues in Romania, in the period in which he was deputy prime minister and regional development minister. He also voiced his appreciation for the implementation, during the term of the PSD government Dragnea was part of, of the legislation on granting survivor’s benefits to Holocaust victims and pensions for forced labour.
At the same time, Netanyahu promised support for finding specialists and companies to support the National Cadastre Plan, saying that the completion of this project could be termed as an “economic revolution.”
“The two dignitaries talked in detail about the multiple opportunities of collaboration and enhancement of bilateral relations. Specifically, there is interest in expanding the common projects in agriculture, research, healthcare, cyber security. At present, the bilateral trade exchanges account for 530.6 ml USD. Moreover, the collaboration in respect to European funds drawing will become a priority. Liviu Dragnea voiced the intention to launch a cooperation in which Israel should be part of national projects in Romania and projects of European span, the interest areas being urban and transport infrastructure,” the cited source shows.
The PSD Chairman invited the Israeli PM to Romania and the latter showed his pleasant surprise at this idea and promised to take on the invitation.