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Delegation of the US Congress received at the Cotroceni Palace: President Iohannis emphasizes necessity to develop economic dimension of Strategic Partnership with US

President Klaus Iohannis has received on Monday, at the Cotroceni Palace, the visit of a delegation of the US Congress, context in which he emphasized the necessity to develop the economic dimension of the Strategic Partnership with this country, presenting the advantages of the growing Romanian economy for American investors.

According to a release of the Presidential Administration, the American side expressed appreciation towards the fight against corruption going on in Romania.

The delegation of the US Congress was led by Devin G. Nunes, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

“The discussions focused on the security dimension of the US-Romania Strategic Partnership, emphasis being placed on military and information exchange cooperation. Also discussed was the security context in the Black Sea region and the developments regarding the NATO ballistic missile defence system. The speakers underlined the excellent level of political and military cooperation between Romania and the US and the interest shared in deepening and extending the Strategic Partnership, Romania being one of the most trustworthy, stable and committed allies of the United States, in a region with a high degree of unpredictability,” the Presidential Administration mentions.

The quoted source also mentions that the American delegation has expressed particular appreciation, during discussions, for the Romanian-American strategic relationship that is based on a “profound, powerful and stable friendship”.

Furthermore, the release shows, US officials appreciation for the intelligence community in Romania and the excellent cooperation between the information services of the two countries.

During discussions, Iohannis emphasized the particular significance of the Romanian-American Strategic Partnership, “Romania’s most valuable strategic partnership” in a regional context and in the context of implementing the decisions of NATO taken at the Warsaw Summit.

President Klaus Iohannis showed that the Black Sea region is not only a frontier region, but holds strategic importance to Romania, the US and the Alliance as a whole. The head of state recalled the relevance of joint military exercises to increase the American military presence in our Romania and for the improvement of interoperability, as evidenced by the recent exercise at Cincu. Furthermore, Romania’s commitment to increase defence spending was evoked, based on the necessity to consolidate national and NATO security, the release mentions.

Furthermore, Iohannis presented, at the request of the American delegation, Romania’s evaluations on a series of topics of interest on the international agenda, such as the situation in Turkey and Ukraine.

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