President of the Senate Calin Popescu-Tariceanu underlined, on Wednesday, Romania’s intention to remain “a firm allied” of the US and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO),within the meeting he had with Ambassador of the US in Bucharest Hans Klemm (photo L).
According to a press release of the Senate on Wednesday, the two officials discussed about the stage and prospects of the bilateral relations, in the context of the Romanian-American Strategic Partnership and of the new Administration in Washington, D.C., as well as about the collaboration within NATO, on a regional level and also on the level of joint operation theaters.
Calin Popescu-Tariceanu mentioned that Romania is among the NATO member states which allocated 2 percent of the GDP to the Defence budget, pointing out also the importance of Romanian troops’ presence in the operation theaters in Afghanistan and Iraq, decisions for which the Ambassador of the US in Bucharest expressed his appreciation, the quoted source reveals.
“The Senate President appreciated the high stage of bilateral relations, especially the collaboration on a political, military level and the action coordination on an international level, bringing to mind the recent Decision of Parliament through which the mission of the Romanian Army within the Anti-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)/Daesh International Coalition was approved to be continued, as well as the extension of the deployment area by including the territory of the Kuwaiti state. (…) The Ambassador mentioned the decisive role and contribution of the US regarding the European security and stability, underlining our country’s intention to remain a firm allied of the US and the NATO, acknowledging that the defensive measures are important for Romania, especially in the context of regional and international security problems,” the quoted release points out.
The two officials also underlined the importance of the strengthening cooperation on an economic level, namely raising the level of US investments in Romania , and thecollaboration in the area of automotive and aviation industries.