Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu on Friday attended in Brussels the North Atlantic Council meeting with the participation of EU, Finland and Sweden representatives, devoted to cooperation between NATO and the EU, as well as the ministerial session of the states participating in the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.
According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) release to AGERPRES, during the first meeting, the Romanian chief diplomat voiced Romania’s support for strengthening the NATO – EU partnership, aimed at materialising its strategic potential, including by ensuring a consistent approach in respect to the eastern neighbourhood.
Moreover, he voiced Romania’s endorsing a powerful political message being conveyed at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, on adding substance to the NATO – EU cooperation on common interest areas.
In the opening of the meeting devoted to the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, the RSM commander sent condolences for the death of two Romanian troops in a recent incident, the release points out.
In context, the ForMin Comanescu highlighted the constant and consistent contribution of Romania in the theatre of operations in Afghanistan. He also voiced, together with the other allies, support for the decision to extend the Mission mandate over 2017 and beyond this date, if necessary, the release points out.
“Romania supports consolidation of collective defence on NATO eastern flank”
Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu participated in Brussels on Thursday in the working dinner of NATO Foreign Ministers, in which context he reiterated Romania’s support for the consolidation of the collective defence and the deterrence capability of the Alliance on the entire eastern flank, taking into account the complex security challenges in the region, informs a Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) release to Agerpres.
According to the release, Minister Comanescu presented the evaluations of the Romanian side on developments in NATO’s eastern vicinity, evoking the importance of the Alliance granting an enhanced attention to security developments in the Black Sea area.
Moreover, he insisted on the need of an enhanced NATO support for the partners in the area – Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia – including in consolidating their capability to respond to the security challenges they are faced with.
“The Romanian chief diplomat also reiterated Romania’s priority objective on sending at the upcoming NATO Summit a clear message concerning the allied unity, the indivisibility of the member states’ security and the Alliance commitment to respond to all threats, regardless of where they come from,” the release reads.
The working dinner of the NATO Foreign Ministers was mainly devoted to the developments in the North Atlantic Alliance eastern neighbourhood.