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President Iohannis to meet his Italian counterpart Mattarella on Tuesday

President Klaus Iohannis will have consultations on Tuesday, at the Cotroceni Palace, with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella, with whom he will discuss boosting the bilateral Strategic Partnership, the challenges facing the EU, and the NATO Summit in Warsaw.

“During the discussions, the sides will identify the most efficient ways to develop and intensify the strengthened Strategic Partnership between the two countries by giving a political impetus to the bilateral relation, including in the context of the presence of a massive Romanian community in Italy and a significant Italian business community in Romania that bring significant added value to this,” reads a release of the Presidential Administration issued on Monday.

Special attention will be paid to further stimulating the economic dimension of the bilateral relation, with Italy being the second-largest trading partner, with rising exchanges of over 13 billion euros in 2015, and the first foreign investor in Romania in terms of the number of Italian companies here.

The two heads of state will attend the opening of the Romanian-Italian Business Forum “Italian Investments in Romania – A European route in the global economy,” organized on the sidelines of President Mattarella’s visit to Bucharest.

President Iohannis will also present, within the consultations, Romania’s evaluation on the adequate response to the complex challenges currently facing the European Union, both internally as well as in its Southern and Eastern Neighborhood.

The two presidents will also exchange views on preparing the NATO Summit in July. In this context, Iohannis will underscore Romania’s concern about the security developments on the east side of NATO and the need to consolidate in a balanced manner the entire eastern flank of the Alliance, the release reads.

Sergio Mattarella will be paying an official visit to Romania at Klaus Iohannis’ invitation.

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