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December 5, 2020
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ForMin Melescanu meets Senator McCain to discuss Western Balkans, Black Sea security

In Washington DC on Wednesday, Romania’s Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu met Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Armed Services John McCain (R-Ar) to discuss security challenges in Romania’s geographical area.

The meeting was part of Melescanu’s attendance of a counter-Daesh/ISIL conference in the same city, Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) reported on Friday.

“At the meeting, the two officials discussed items of shared interest on the agenda of the strategic partnership between Romania and the US, with emphasis on its political, defence and security dimensions. Senator McCain praised the Romanian Government for its decision to earmark 2 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for defence spending, as well as for Romania’s essential contribution inside NATO and in the area of ballistic missile defence,” said MAE.

The Romanian chief diplomat thanked McCain for his leadership in the area of Euro-Atlantic security and NATO’s eastern flank amidst the latest regional developments.

Also discussed were trans-Atlantic cooperation, the latest developments in the Western Balkans and the strategic part of the Black Sea.

McCain accepted an invitation from Melescanu to visit Romania in the period ahead, according to MAE.

 

Chief of Romanian diplomacy  talks about Black Sea region with Chair of US Senate Committee on Homeland Security

 

Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu on Wednesday had a meeting with Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Senator Ron Johnson, who is also the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation within the Committee on Foreign Relations of the US Senate.

The meeting took place in the context of Teodor Melescanu attending the counter-Daesh ministerial conference in Washington.

The two officials tackled the security situation in the extended area of the Black Sea and the role of strengthening cooperation in terms of intelligence exchange in order to counteract asymmetric risks, a release of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) sent to AGERPRES informs.

Within the meeting other topic were tackled, such as the future configuration of the European Union (EU) in the context of the Brexit and the refugee crisis in Syria.

The agenda of the meeting featured the topic of Romania’s inclusion in the US Visa Waiver programme, the Romanian Minister underscoring the interest for a collaboration as tight as possible with the US side in order to accomplish this objective, the MAE mentions.

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