The presence of Romanians in Cyprus and of a significant Cypriot business community in Romania consolidates the relations between the two states, Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu said in a joint press conference with his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides, who is in a visit to Bucharest on Tuesday.
The two officials signed the 9th executive programme of cultural, educational and scientific cooperation between the governments of their countries, for 2016 – 2021.
“It is an agreement that will contribute to the consolidation of what we call (…) direct human contacts. There are already intense direct human contacts between Romanians and Cypriots. More than 30,000 Romanians currently work in Cyprus. We especially appreciate (…) the way Cyprus’s authorities are concerned about the best possible integration of Romanians who work there. In he end, the presence of Romanians in Cyprus and of a significant Cypriot business community in Romania are extraordinary bridges that consolidate the relations between us”, Comanescu declared.
He reminded that Cyprus is the fourth foreign investor in Romania.
Moreover, he said, a bilateral agreement on energy is in preparation, and the relevant Cypriot minister is expected in Bucharest “in the near future.”
“There is a cooperation agreement on energy nearly completed. (…) I am sure we, in Romania, have some expertise in gas prospecting on maritime platforms, and we voiced our openness to exchanging an sharing our expertise with our friends in Cyprus. We invite students from Cyprus to study in Romania, in our universities – for instance, the one for oil and gas in Ploiesti. A significant number of students already studied and is still studying there,” the Romanian minister said.
According to him, the talks with Kasoulides covered migration, the perspectives of the Middle East peace process, the situation in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood, especially in the Republic of Moldova and in Ukraine, and the evolutions in the Black Sea region.
As regards the Republic of Moldova, the Cypriot minister assured his country regards it “with sympathy.”
“We feel sympathy for the Republic of Moldova because we see many similarities with our country, and we wish Moldovans the best possible future,” he said.
On the fight against terrorism, Kasoulides said that cooperation between the European states is vital. “We must find the antidote, and for this we must work together; and Cyprus and Romania are working together and are now drafting agreements to this effect,” he added.
Ciolos, Kasoulides hail the traditional friendly relations between Romania and Cyprus
Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Tuesday welcomed at the Victoria Palace Republic of Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, who is paying an official visit to Romania, informs a Government release to Agerpres.
According to the release, the two officials hailed “the traditional friendly relations between Romania and Cyprus, at state and government level, and underscored the need to consolidate them through a steady cooperation, both on bilateral and EU level, and on foreign level.”
Moreover, during the meeting they also discussed cooperation in the energy area “from the perspective of the development potential, through the establishment of the general cooperation framework and the creation of favourable conditions for promoting energy efficiency, energy and renewable sources preservation.”
“With regard to the perspective of exploring natural gas and capitalising on the gas deposits discovered in the Republic of Cyprus exclusive economic zone, the Prime Minister reiterated Romania’s availability to support the training of specialists in this area,” the cited release also reads.