Deputy Chairman of Romania’s Senate Ioan Chelaru on Thursday welcomed Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem for Latins Fouad Twal, to whom he said that Romania is building a European, democratic state where fundamental citizens’ freedoms are essential to the working of the Government.
In a press statement released on Thursday, the Senate says Chelaru briefed the visiting church leader on the activity of the Senate and the actions deployed by it to consolidate democracy in Romania and to revise the Constitution in order to strengthen the rule of law.
“Romania is building a state that we want to be European and democratic, where the fundamental freedoms of the citizens are essential to the working of the Government,” Chelaru is quoted as saying in the statement.
In his turn, Twal mentioned the friendship between the Romanian people and the Israeli people amidst hardships in the East, calling for the preservation and consolidation of diplomatic ties in that region. He said politics and religion should be geared toward people and raise above material, military or other kinds of interests.
He said he is very honoured to be in Romania and he will return to Israel with the picture of a dignified, honourable and welcoming people, with leaders who are prepared to consolidate and modernise the country in the interest of the citizens.
Accompanying Twal were Bishop Petru Gherghel of the Iasi Diocese, spiritual counselor to the Romanian community of Israel, the Iasi Diocese’s responsible for pilgrimages to Israel Cristian Vacaru, as well as Administrator of the Iasi Diocese Felix Mariut. Gherghel extended thanks to Twal, saying that Twal is a real spiritual father to Romanians travelling to Israel, irrespective of religious denomination.
Senate Secretary General Ion Vargau is quoted as highlighting the efforts of the entire team under his coordination to maintain the Senate’s locations inside Parliament Palace in the best state and to fairly manage human and material resources awarded to the Senate.