Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday concluded an official visit to Bulgaria with a tour of the construction site in Ruse of a natural gas connecting pipeline from Ruse, in Bulgaria, to Giurgiu – Romania.
“I have come today to the construction site of the connecting pipeline because this is a highly important work for Romania and Bulgaria, and to the extent that the BRUA pipeline – meaning Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria – comes to be, the entire network will gain in European importance. I want to see for myself how works are going on, as I wanted to learn from those directly involved how things are going on, and I received assurances that this part of the pipeline undercrossing the Danube will be completed by the close of the year,” said Iohannis.
Also on Thursday, Iohannis toured the towns of Plevna, Grivita and Pordim that are emblematic for the fight for Romania’s independence and the freeing of Bulgaria. He laid wreaths at monuments to the memory of Romanian warriors killed in Bulgaria.
In Pordim, the place of a King Carol I memorial house, where the command offices of the Romanian and Russian armies operated during the 1878 Independence War, Iohannis watched a short artistic event staged by locals and children, who performed Romanian songs and danced to traditional Bulgarian tunes.
“Preserving traditions is highly important to us all. Together with my retinue, I have visited memorial places in Plevna and Grivita, and now here. (…) These are the places where a very important page in the history of Bulgaria was written that was important to my country, Romania, as well. I am very happy to see that these places that are important to my nation, these commemorative spaces are well kept, and I want to extend my thanks to the state officials as well as private individuals involved for keeping the memory of Romanian heroes alive,” said Iohannis.
“It is worth learning Romanian language:
Klaus Iohannis on Thursday paid a visit to Mihai Eminescu High School in Sofia, Bulgaria, in which context he told pupils that it is worth learning Romanian.
The head of state visited a few classes of the high school with intensive Romanian-language teaching and several pupils recited poems by Mihai Eminescu.
“I took great pleasure in this visit. (…) It was very important to me to come here today. This point was included in my visit to Sofia at my request. I am very glad that I came, because while preparing the visit I found out how it works, what the level is and I can tell you that I am very happy that I found a well-prepared school and well-prepared pupils. (…) Thank you for having prepared yourselves in a special way. (…) It is worth learning Romanian,” Iohannis said.