DIPLOMACY

MAE hails 135 years of Romanian-Spanish diplomatic ties

Cooperation between Romania and Spain have recorded remarkable developments over the past decades, with the Romanian community of Spain becoming a solid bridge between the Romanian and the Spanish societies, Romania’s Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) said on Tuesday, hailing the 135th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

“Based on deep-going historical, cultural and human ties, cooperation between Romania and the Kingdom of Spain over the past decades has recorded remarkable developments boosted by Romania’s accession to the European Union and NATO, both processes constantly supported by Spain. Romania and the Kingdom of Spain are sharing visions and objectives in a wide area of fields, while their common memberships of the European and Euro-Atlantic space is a solid fundamental substantially contributing to boosting and diversifying bilateral cooperation to the benefit of the citizens in both countries,” MAE said Tuesday in a press statement.

It added that relationships between Romania and Spain have constantly developed, including their political and diplomatic dialogues, boosted by frequent high-level contacts.

At the same time, many joint ministerial meetings have contributed to amplifying and diversifying cooperation in areas of utmost priority to the two countries, including agriculture, economy and trade, employment and social affairs, justice, home affairs and tourism.

Commercial exchanges and economic cooperation were reference areas for the deepening of the bilateral relations between Romania and Spain in time, said MAE.

According to MAE, of particular importance to the two countries getting closer has been the Romanian community of Spain, the largest of foreign communities in Spain, a genuine and solid bridge between the Romanian and Spanish societies.

“As a reflection of these positive developments, the two countries decided in 2013 to promote their bilateral relationship to the level of strategic partnership, marking the shared will to move on to the next level of bilateral cooperation. The new status allows a sped up pace and added substance to the bilateral intergovernmental dialogue, consolidating the trend in the deepening of cooperation in areas of shared interest, thus reflecting the shared political will for full capitalisation on the cooperation potentials between Romania and the Kingdom of Spain,” said MAE.

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