Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu met German Federal Foreign Office’s Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth on Thursday, February 4, in Bucharest. During his visit to Romania, the German official met President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos (photo R).
“The talks underscored the privileged character of bilateral relations, marked by the recent intensification and substantiation of political bilateral dialogue,” the Foreign Ministry’s press release shows.
“Also reconfirmed was the mutual interest in profound coordination on central topics on the European agenda, and in expanding economic cooperation, against the currently favourable backdrop in which bilateral trade has experienced substantial development and Germany has consolidated its position as Romania’s top economic partner,” the communiqué reads.
According to the official, Lazar Comanescu and Michael Roth had a detailed exchange of opinions on the top priority topics on the European agenda, with emphasis being placed on developments in the migration issue, the renegotiation of relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union, and relations with states in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans.
“The talks have outlined the need for an approach based on European-level solutions, as a response to the current challenges to the Union and the importance of efforts to maintain the unity and viability of the European project. In this context, Minister Lazar Comanescu outlined Romania’s openness to contribute constructively to joint efforts, exerted at European level, to identify efficient solutions to the problems currently facing the Union. Last but not least, diplomatic collaboration opportunities between Romanian and German diplomacies were discussed, against the backdrop in which Germany is holding the presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and in which Romania will hold, from January 1 to December 31, the Presidency of OSCE’s Security Committee,” the Foreign Ministry communiqué shows.