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President Iohannis arrives in US for NSS, scheduled to tour Holocaust Memorial, attend dinner extended by US President Obama

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday arrived in the US to attend a Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC, tour the Washington Holocaust Museum and meet the local Romanian community.

He will be visiting the Holocaust Memorial and attend a dinner to be extended by President Obama at the White House to honour the delegations attending the Nuclear Security Summit.

Klaus Iohannis’ Friday agenda includes the opening session of the summit, a working lunch and attending the discussion based on a scenario prepared by the organisers which consists of the video presentation of a hypothetical case of nuclear terrorism – the theft of nuclear or radioactive material by non-state players and its partial use. At the end of the summit, President Iohannis will make a press statement.

Also on Friday, the head of state will meet leaders of the Romanian community in Washington.

Accompanying Iohannis to the US are Romanian Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu and presidential advisers Leonard Orban, Andrei Muraru and Cosmin Marinescu. The President is also accompanied by his wife Carmen Iohannis.

Before leaving for the US, Iohannis said Romania is at the forefront of the countries that fully meet their nuclear safety commitments, having a clear nuclear programme and a responsible behaviour.

“Regrettably, we have all seen lately how imminently present the threat of terrorism is in Europe and worldwide. The attacks that have recently shaken European cities and capitals endanger not only the physical security of our citizens, but are an attack on the values and principles we represent. Faced with this terrorist threat which can take various forms, we need solidarity, responsibility and joint action. The Washington summit is dedicated to preventing nuclear terrorism by strengthening the global nuclear security architecture. I want Romania’s message to be firmly heard in Washington. Romania is at the forefront of the states that entirely fulfill their nuclear security commitments, having a clear nuclear programme in place and a responsible conduct,” said Iohannis.

The head of the state announced that on the occasion of his trip to Washington he will visit the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, “a comprehensive project that keeps alive the memory of Holocaust victims.” “I will also meet with representatives of the Romanian community in the US, from the Washington region in particular,” Iohannis said, according to Agerpres correspondent to Washington DC.

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