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PM Ciolos meets Vice President Biden, expresses Romania’s interest for furthering economic cooperation and boosting US investment

Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said Tuesday after a meeting at the White House with US Vice President Joe Biden that the US will help Romania develop financial instruments for small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as to increase management quality at the country’s state-run companies.

“We have also discussed the possibility for furthering economic cooperation, boosting US investment in Romania, and we have received the White House’s support to the point, a topic I discussed yesterday in Detroit as well as today with Trade Secretary Penny Pritzker. We have a roadmap where the United States will help us develop financial instruments for small and medium-sized enterprises as well as quality management at state-run companies,” Ciolos told journalists at a news conference at the White House.

He added that he and Biden also reviewed cooperation as part of the Eastern European partnership, with emphasis on the importance to support Moldova. “I got the guarantee of US support for this matter as well,” said Ciolos.

Ciolos unveiled that in his conversation with Biden, he mentioned Romania’s interest in and expectations related to progress with the Visa Waiver programme.

“We understand the political state in the United States this year, but we agreed to continue working together on this matter so as to be able to work out solutions within the shortest time possible,” added the PM.

 

PM Ciolos: I asked and got US support at NATO Summit to strengthen Black Sea military cooperation

 

“In the lead-up to the incoming NATO summit in Warsaw, I have requested and obtained the US support as well as a promise for support to strengthen Black Sea navy cooperation,” Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos also said Tuesday after meeting US Vice-President Joe Biden at the White House.

“I have explained Romania’s demarches so far in cooperation with Bulgaria and Turkey and I got a promise for support at the summit for the Black Sea cooperation to be sustained by NATO,” added Ciolos.

He said at the meeting he also made a request for support for a multinational brigade on Romania’s soil, again in partnership with the NATO member states, a brigade that Romania has pledged to endow, all this as part of the deterrence and defence system on the entire eastern flank of Europe, not just in the north-eastern part, but also in the south-eastern part.”

 

US Vice President Biden: Continued progress on reforms will strengthen Romania-US economic partnership

 

“Continued progress on reforms will further strengthen Romania’s democratic and economic development and the economic partnership between Romania and the United States”, US Vice President Joe Biden is quoted as saying in a readout of his meeting with Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos.

“The Vice President praised Prime Minister Ciolos’s efforts to implement critically-needed governance and rule of law reforms, noting that continued progress on reforms will further strengthen Romania’s democratic and economic development and the economic partnership between Romania and the United States.”

The Vice President thanked Prime Minister Ciolos for Romania’s contributions to the Counter-ISIL Coalition and to the NATO mission in Afghanistan, and he expressed condolences over the deaths of two Romanian soldiers killed in Afghanistan on May 7.

The leaders agreed on the importance of ensuring that Allies take steps in the lead-up to the July 8-9 NATO Summit in Warsaw to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defense posture on the eastern and southern flanks.

Biden and Ciolos also discussed the importance of the development of Romania’s energy sector to European energy security and noted the need to support and accelerate Moldova’s reform efforts.

“In the lead-up to the incoming NATO summit in Warsaw, I have requested and obtained the US support as well as a promise for support to strengthen Black Sea navy cooperation,” Ciolos said Tuesday after meeting Biden at the White House.

“I have explained Romania’s demarches so far in cooperation with Bulgaria and Turkey and I got a promise for support at the summit for the Black Sea cooperation to be sustained by NATO,” added Ciolos.

He said at the meeting he also made a request for support for a multinational brigade on Romania’s soil, again in partnership with the NATO member states, a brigade that Romania has pledged to endow, all this as part of the deterrence and defence system on the entire eastern flank of Europe, not just in the north-eastern part, but also in the south-eastern part.”

The Biden-Ciolos meeting was hosted in the West Wing of the White House, located close to the Oval Office, and it lasted about one hour and ten minutes, instead of half an hour as officially scheduled.

Accompanying Ciolos were Romania’s Ambassador to the United States George Cristian Maior, Energy Minister Victor Grigorescu, Agriculture Minister Achim Irimescu, Prime Minister’s Chancellery head Dragos Tudorache, Foreign Policy Advisor Calin Ungur and Government Spokesman Dan Suciu.

Biden came at the meeting with U.S. ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, his National Security Advisor Colin Kahl, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy James Townsend. The American delegation also included two special assistants to U.S. President Barack Obama.

 

 Romania has become security provider, not just security consumer

 

 Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said on Tuesday that Romania has become, after the inauguration of a missile shield at Deveselu, a security provider, not just a security consumer.

“The main goal of this visit [to the US] was to confirm Romania’s interest in strengthening cooperation under the strategic partnership with the US, which has already delivered results. Therefore there are not only declarative items. (…) We have already got results as far as security and defence cooperation is concerned. The missile defence shield at Deveselu has been recently put into operation, which is an important element not only for Romania and the US, but hopefully also for the NATO defence system in this region. (…) We have become security providers, not only security consumers,” Ciolos said at a meeting with members of the Romanian community in the Washington DC area.

He mentioned that “starting from this experience we already have and from a mutual trust we already have” this visit to the US also boosts economic cooperation.

“I wanted this visit to also boost a more intense cooperation on the economic dimension, because, in the end, the best way to keep peace and stability is to encourage prosperity, and prosperity means economic development, investment,” said Ciolos, according to Agerpres.

Over 150 persons participated in the meeting hosted by Romania’s Embassy in Washington.

The meeting began with the national anthems of the two countries and a speech delivered by Romania’s ambassador to the US George Cristian Maior

 

 

 

 

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