The recent series of attacks against European targets is further proof of the need to consolidate the European security, both internally and at the borders, Romania’s Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu pointed out on Monday, at the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting in Brussels.
A release of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) to Agerpres states that Comanescu has reminded Romania’s significant contribution from this point of view, “including to ensure the security of the Schengen Area.”
The documents adds that the minister expressed condolences for the victims of the attack in Nice, and thanked the French authorities for their support in identifying the Romanian citizens among the victims.
“At the informal working lunch, the foreign ministers approached the situation in Turkey. The Romanian official stressed the importance of this state, a vital member of NATO and a key partner of the EU, and its perspectives in terms of regional stability. He also emphasized the need of respect for the democratic institutions, for the human rights and fundamental freedoms, which are essential under the EU perspective,” the MAE release also states.
The situation in Turkey was also a topic of the meeting of the European foreign minister with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. According to the MAE, other topics of the meeting were the crisis in Syria and the situation in eastern Ukraine.
On the other hand, during the FAC meeting, the ministers appreciated the cooperation frame outlined by the future EU-China strategy, and highlighted China’s role of “partner of the EU in the field of world peace and security.
“In terms of bilateral relations, the new EU strategy provides a common platform for the member states to promote the relations with China and the sub-regional cooperation formats,” the MAE explained.