The Foreign Affairs Minister, Teodor Melescanu, met the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, on Monday in Brussels, with whom he talked about the developments in the Republic of Moldova and the Eastern Neighbourhood, the implementation stage of the EU’s Global Strategy and the NATO cooperation, alongside the situation in Syria, informs a relevant ministry (MAE)’s release.
The Romanian chief diplomat participated in the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC’s) reunion earlier in Brussels, where the main topics on the European agenda in this year’s first quarter were addressed, among which the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood of the EU, the implementation of the Global Strategy of the EU, and the Western Balkans.
According to the MAE release, the main topic covered by the FAC agenda was Syria, with the European Foreign ministers assessing the stage of the international community’s efforts to solve the crisis. In this context, Minister Teodor Melescanu hailed the new cease-fire and stressed the importance of observing it as a necessary step to resuming intra-Syrian negotiations. Likewise, the Romanian chief of diplomacy said it is imperative that the EU continues efforts oriented to the contacts with the regional partners, as well as to the humanitarian and post-conflict reconstruction dimension, and expressed Romania’s availability to back these efforts.
During a working lunch, the Foreign Affairs ministers have addressed the Peace Process in the Middle East, following the Paris Conference. Minister Teodor Melescanu emphasised the crucial importance of resuming the dialogue and cooperation between the two sides, with a view to achieve a two-state solution, as the only viable option, the MAE release adds.
On the reunion’s sidelines, minister Teodor Melescanu participated next to his counterparts of Bulgaria, Greece and Croatia in a four-party informal meeting where they debated the developments in the EU’s Southern Neighbourhood and the regional situation.
The Romanian chief diplomat has also had brief meetings with his counterparts of Germany, France, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Hungary and Austria, as they approached current topics of the bilateral, international agenda, the MAE release concludes.