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PM Ciolos: Visit to U.S. focused on economic cooperation

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Thursday night asserted for the private Realitatea TV channel that the main objective of his visit to the United States is the economic cooperation that could be built on the strong bilateral relationship developed over the past years.

“I envisaged this visit with the purpose to build on the strong relationship developed in the past years between Romania and the United States of America – starting with the strategic partnership we have with the U.S. and this positive experience in security and defence, this mutual trust between Romania and the United States which was built these years – to advance with a more consistent economic component. I believe that given the favourable situation of the way economy of Romania progresses, added to this mutual confidence, the economic cooperation potential between Romania and the United States is way bigger than what we have now (…). The main target of this visit is the economic cooperation, yet obviously other fields where we could continue to develop this strategic partnership,” said Dacian Ciolos.

The premier explained that during the meetings he will have with American officials – Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack – and with several businesspeople he intends to present Romania’s economic potential.

Prime minister added that his visit will include a visit to the Ford Company, to encourage the continuation of this automaker’s investments in Romania.

“In the past months we have unblocked certain issues that were hampering the decision by the Ford Company to continue investments in Craiova. This decision was made, but I think that around this Craiova investment project more investments could be developed with suppliers of the Ford Company coming from the United States, and partnerships with Romanian companies, too,” added Ciolos.

 

PM Ciolos, CIA deputy director tackle situation in the region, Romania-USA partnership

 

Prime minister Dacian Ciolos told private broadcaster Realitatea TV on Thursday night that he had discussed earlier in the day with U.S. Central Intelligence Agency deputy director David Cohen at the government offices about the situation in the region and the partnership between Romania and the United States of America.

According to the premier, Cohen was accompanies by the U.S. ambassador in Bucharest Hans Klemm and the Romanian Intelligence Service director Eduard Hellvig.

“They were together with the CIA deputy director, who is on a visit to Romania, and who expressed his interest in talking with me, too and I have received him with openness to discuss his views, the CIA’s views on the situation in the region and the partnership we have with the United States. It was an interesting talk,” said Dacian Ciolos.

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