*President Iohannis: Romania needs institutionalized educational structure providing preparatory courses on Holocaust
President Klaus Iohannis has welcomed, on Thursday, at the Cotroceni Palace, a delegation of the American Jewish Committee, led by executive director David Harris, accompanied by rabbi Andrew Baker, and stated, in that context, that Romania needs an institutionalized educational structure that would provide preparatory courses on the topic of the Holocaust.
According to a release of the Presidential Administration, during discussions, the representatives of the American Jewish Committee congratulated Romania for the way in which it exercises the presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), as well as for adopting the definition of antisemitism at the last plenary session of the organization.
President Iohannis emphasized the important task assumed by taking over the presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
“The Romanian side reiterated the idea that Romania needs an institutionalized educational structure that would provide preparatory courses on the topic of the Holocaust and combatting antisemitism, xenophobia, and racism for clerks, politicians, diplomats, as well as for personnel in public institutions. Such an educational formula would significantly contribute to the process of annihilating incipient forms of hatred, discrimination, and violence,” the quoted source shows.
Furthermore, the head of state reiterated the firm commitment of Romania in the fight against extremist manifestations, racism, antisemitism and xenophobia, as well as in the path of assuming the past and commemorating the victims of the Holocaust.
“The delegation of the American Jewish Committee congratulated Romania for the performances managed in this direction and encouraged the Romanian authorities to grant increased attention to Holocaust education,” the release shows.
ForMin Comanescu welcomes American Jewish Committee delegation
Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu on Thursday welcomed a delegation of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), headed by Executive Director David Harris, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs in a press statement.
According to MAE, during the talks, the officials discussed Romania’s chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), the consolidation of the Romania-US strategic partnership and the Romanian-US bilateral cooperation in areas of common interest.
Comanescu reiterated Romania’s commitment to join in the international efforts to combat anti-Semitism and any forms of extremism, racism, highlighting the achievements of late through Romania’s activity as IHRA chairman-in-office.
He reiterated the special value the strategic partnership with the US has to Romania, including by supporting the economic dimension.
The AJC was established in 1906 by a group of American Jews, as a reaction to the 1905 pogrom in Chisinau. AJC has become one of the most prominent, respected and efficient American Jewish organisations, whose mission is to promote and defend the interests of Jewish communities worldwide and, consequently, to promote a genuine universal agenda of human rights, says MAE.
In supporting Romania’s democratic evolution and its anchoring in the space of Euro-Atlantic values, the AJC has actively supported, alongside other American Jewish organisations, the process of Romania’s accession to NATO, particularly by demarches for consultations with the US Administration and securing a political majority for relevant votes in the US Congress, adds MAE.