The ceremony in which outgoing Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu (photo R) handed over the mandate to the new Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu took place on Thursday at the ministry’s headquarters.
On this occasion, Lazar Comanescu succinctly presented the most relevant actions and overtures carried out by Romanian diplomacy from November 2015 to January 2017, and informed the new Foreign Minister about the current files, ongoing projects and the ministry’s up-to-date diplomatic agenda, a press release shows.
At the same time, the two also discussed the main foreign policy lines and priorities in the upcoming period and the special importance of continuing them in order to promote national interests. They agreed that the major foreign policy objectives remain the consolidation of Romania’s profile within the EU and NATO, the further development of the strategic partnership with the U.S., the special relationship with the Republic of Moldova and the strategic approach to Romania’s entire neighbourhood.
Other topics tackled concerned the opportunities that recently appeared on the plane of economic diplomacy, the continuation of the reform and of the process of professionalising the ministry and rendering the Agency of International Cooperation for Development operational.