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ForMin Comanescu highlights need for solidarity in EU, at Warsaw informal meeting on UK’s referendum

Romania’s Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu participated in Warsaw on Monday in an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers and deputies on the UK’s EU referendum underscoring the need for solidarity inside the European Union.

According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE), the meeting in Warsaw was attended by the foreign ministers and their deputies of Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Hungary, and the British state minister for Europe.

The meeting’s objective was that of an opinion exchange on the effects of the results of the referendum from the perspective of the EU – UK relation and the manner of relaunching the European project, the MAE points out.

“The essential premise of the talks was during these complex times the European Union is going through, dialogue and coordination among the EU member states are needed more than ever in order to overcome an unprecedented situation,” says MAE.

The Romanian foreign minister voiced regret over the result of the June 23 referendum, underscoring, at the same time, that Romania respects the decision of the British citizens.

He pointed out the difficulty of the moment, including in terms of the EU losing an important member.

Underscoring the need for the 27 EU member states to keep up unity and solidarity of action, the Romanian chief diplomat highlighted the need for clarification of procedures to follow, both inside the EU and on a domestic level, in the UK. He also said joint reflection is needed in the EU, aimed at restoring the confidence of the European citizens in the European project, says MAE.

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