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October 22, 2021

PM Grindeanu welcomes Prince Charles, discusses military, defence ties, state of UK’s Romanians

Romania’s Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu on Thursday welcomed visiting Prince Charles at the Government House to discuss the excellent bilateral relationships between Romania and the UK, particularly political and defence ties, along with the need for harmonised stances and interests of the two countries in the area of foreign policy, and the state of the Romanian communities in the UK.

The PM waited for Prince Charles on the Government’s building steps, the two entering together in the Central Hall of the Victoria Palace, where the high officials shook hands and official photos were taken.

In a press statement released on Thursday, the Romanian Government quotes Grindeanu as having reiterated his message of condolences and full solidarity of the Romanian Government with the British people and government in the aftermath of the March 22 London terror attack.

“His Royal Highness shared his best wishes, voicing hope that the Romanian woman injured in the attack will recover as speedy as possible,” reads the statement.

The Government says that another important topic discussed at the meeting was the state of Romanian communities in the UK, the majority of which are excellently integrated with eth host society.

“HRH Prince of Wales voiced hope that the two countries will find new ways for cooperation in the fight against human trafficking, that will add up to the existing nine joint investigating teams,” reads the statement.

Grindeanu also thanked Prince Charles for his contribution to the advancement of the cultural heritage and natural riches of Romania.

‘The activity of the foundation under your very generous aegis in the areas of protecting genuine values and restoring genuine architectural gems is very precious to us. I want to thank you because through you efforts, foreign tourists and Romanians alike have rediscovered areas with autochthonous values that otherwise we might have forgotten. The craft centre at Viscri, which you opened in 2016, is an example of how the traditions of a nation should be preserved,” Grindeanu is quoted as saying in the statement.

Prince Charles is quoted as saying in his turn that his annual visits to Romania in the last 20 years are now a tradition, voicing his wish to get to know more wonderful areas in Romania. He said he would like to tour the Danube Delta and the northern province of Maramures.

The meeting took place on the second day of the official visit which Prince Charles is paying to Romania, after the visit the heir to the British Throne paid at the Village Museum.

The official visit of Prince Charles to Romania began on Wednesday, when His Royal Highness laid a wreath of flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Carol I park.

Also on Wednesday, the Prince of Wales was welcomed at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace by President Klaus Iohannis, who decorated him with the Grand Cross of the National Order of the Star of Romania, in sign of “appreciation for the activity in Romania and for promoting its image in the world.”

The official visit of Prince Charles to Romania will end on Friday.

Photo: Agerpres


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