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January 17, 2022

President Iohannis at Prince Charles’ decoration: You have done great things and promoted Romania’s image

President Klaus Iohannis awarded Prince Charles, on Wednesday, the Grand Cross of the Star of Romania National Order and communicated to the latter that he is an excellent promoter of Romania’s image abroad.

“Today I have the pleasant opportunity to officially acknowledge and to honour the activity carried out by Your Highness in and for Romania. Starting with 1998, when your first official visit to Romania took place, you have come almost every year to our country, for which you feel deep affection. You have done admirable things and you were an excellent promoter of Romania’s image abroad. Today, we acknowledge your involvement in projects carried out in Romania, the attention you assign the local communities’ development, your interest in preserving the Romanian heritage and traditions as well as in preserving the unique natural beauty of our country. The results obtained in Your charitable activities demonstrate not only vocation, but also devotion. You are a source of inspiration for young people in defence of the values underlying social harmony and sustainable development, ” the Head of State declared at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

He stated that he knows many foreigners attracted to Romania and its beauty, but that what distinguishes Prince Charles from them is his “perseverance and involvement in the development of local communities, in protecting their historical and cultural heritage”.

“You have done it for almost three decades when, in the late ’80s, you spoke against the communist regime’s nefarious plan of Romanian village systematization. The involvement of Your Royal Highness in numerous projects for the rehabilitation of villages, in the promotion of local products, in activities related to traditional craftsmanship training represented a valuable contribution to raising awareness on a lifestyle where nature, tradition and modern skilled man can coexist harmoniously,” showed the Head of State, who brought the example of the project launched in 2015 in Viscri – ‘The Prince of Wales Foundation’ – in order to help the community in this area, including creating jobs, followed in 2016 by settingup craftsmanship training centers – ‘the Prince of Wales’s Training Center’.

Iohannis specified that Romania is grateful to the Prince of Wales because every time he talks about Romania and its citizens, he expresses his admiration for Romanian cultural and spiritual riches.

He recalled Prince Charles’ appearance in the documentary film “Wild Carpathia”, recognized as one of the best films about Romania’s ‘wild’ beauty.

“By this you show that spiritually you belong in this space and you are part of it,” underscored the Head of State.

Iohannis added that the Romanian nation is deeply grateful to Prince Charles for all the projects he carried out here.

“I was adamant to confer you the Grand Cross of the Star of Romania National Order, which honours the way you have contributed to the extraordinary quality of the relation between our countries, to its good development, but also the major merit in promoting Romania’s image in the world and its natural potential. Your Royal Highness, by the hospitality and openness with which you are welcomed each time in our country, Romanians actually manifest their admiration and gratitude for what you do for them, ” stated Iohannis .

He highlighted that the official visit of Prince Charles demonstrates his commitment towards Romania and its people and represents an important milestone in strengthening the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United Kingdom.

“Enhanced cooperation in the military and security sphere, as well as the economic ties are the pillars of this strategic partnership,” noted Iohannis.

Another key element of the Romanian-British relation, according to the Head of State, is the significant Romanian community living and working in the UK.

He communicated to Prince Charles, on his behalf and that of the Romanian people, condolences to the families of the victims and wishes for due recovery of those injured following the terrorist attack last week.

“The presence among the wounded of two Romanian citizens demonstrates, this time in a tragic context, the rapprochement between the Romanian and British peoples, but also that only through unity and solidarity we can overcome difficult times,” said Iohannis.

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