On the 68th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has the great pleasure to convey to the Israeli people the most sincere congratulations along with the best wishes for peace and prosperity.
As it is well-known, Romania was one of the first countries that recognized and established diplomatic relations with the State of Israel, in 1948. In these 68 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations, our cooperation has been continuously standing out as a proof of common appreciation and especially political will, overcoming the barrier of different governance regimes, as well as the complications caused by the international crises of the various periods.
The excellent bilateral relations have developed steadily in the recent years as a natural partnership based inter alia on the convergence of views on a wide range of international issues. The high number of official contacts at all levels, including two sessions of intergovernmental consultations (in 2011 and 2014), added substantial value to these special Romanian-Israeli ties. The recent visit to the State of Israel of Mr. Klaus Werner Iohannis, the President of Romania, in March 6-11 this year, honoured the history of our relations, aiming, at the same time, at further strengthening them.
The bilateral cooperation in the economic field witnessed an upward trend, despite the difficult global conditions. Nowadays, they encompass a vast array of sectors. The trade volume between Romania and Israel has also been strengthened during the last years, totalling 485 million USD in 2015. Still, there is room for improvement, for enhancing the economic links, for covering the unexplored areas of cooperation. We are confident that both Romania and Israel will further consolidate their economic cooperation and that the foreign investments in our countries will continue to grow.
We believe there is a functional complementarity between the Romanian and Israeli economies which lays the ground for achieving in the near future further progress in fields of mutual interest, such as emergency management, education and culture, energy and research and development.
We particularly value and appreciate the sound contribution of the community of Israelis originating from Romania to bringing our countries closer together. They continue to be attached to the Romanian cultural values and serve as a human bridge between our countries, in a commendable effort to get young Israeli generations closer to the Romanian heritage of traditions.