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PM Ciolos in Canada: Major objective of working visit, visa requirements for Romanian nationals

Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos will be paying a working visit to Canada on Wednesday, with the visa requirements for Romanian nationals travelling to Canada being a major objective of it, the Romanian Government reported on Tuesday in a press statement.

The visit is said to be circumscribed to the shared interest in furthering bilateral political relationships and interpersonal contacts between Romania and Canada as well as in capitalising on cooperation opportunities between the two countries, including from the perspective of relationships between Canada and the European Union getting consolidated.

A major objective of the visit is tackling the issue of visa requirements for Romanian nationals travelling to Canada at a political level, as part of the Romanian-Canadian dialogue that is additional to the Romanian-Canada-European Commission three-way format.

“Dialogue on lifting the visa requirements is relevant both from the point of view of the agreement on a strategic partnership between the EU and Canada, and particularly from the point of view of preparations for the signing, application and ratification in the coming months of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA),” the statement says.

 

Canada’s ambassador Lemay ends mission, ForMin Comanescu voices interest in deepening bilateral trade

 

Romania’s Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu on Tuesday voiced the country’s interest in deepening economic and trade relations with Canada, at a meeting with Canada’s outgoing ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary in Bucharest Joanne Lemay.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) says Comanescu extended thanks to Lemay for special contribution during her mission to the development of bilateral political, economic and military relationships as well as interposal contacts.

He also mentioned the progress recorded in the two countries’ cooperation, at a bilateral as well as multilateral level, particularly inside NATO and the International Organisation of La Francophonie, an area where Lemay was an active presence as chair of the GADIF Group of Francophone Embassies, Delegations and Organisations in Romania.

Comanescu also voiced Romania’s interest in deepening Romanian-Canadian commercial and trade relationships, mentioning to the point the attention paid to the consolidation of the economic dimensions of Romania’s foreign policy. At the same time, he extended thanks to Lemay for cooperation with Romanian officials over visas for Romanian nationals travelling to Canada.

The Romanian chief diplomat underscored the importance of an optimal solution being found as part of the bilateral political dialogue as far as the visas are concerned, which are also on the agenda of Canada’s relations with the European Union, so as to allow a fruitful agenda of bilateral as well as transatlantic relations in the future that benefits both sides. In the same context, he underscored the need for equal and full access of Romanian consumers and business people to the opportunities to be provided by the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

In her turn, Lemay extended thanks to Comanescu and Romanian officials for support to her during her mission, voicing hope that the bilateral relationships between the two countries will continue on a rising trend so that they may develop to their full potential, says MAE.

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