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Minister Delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall: UK is and will stay key partner of Romania

Romania’s Strategic Partnership with the UK will continue and will further strengthen even after the latter exits the European Union, said Minister Delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall.

“The UK is and will remain a key partner of Romania as regards political dialogue, cooperation in multilateral bodies such as the UN, OSCE, or NATO commitments,” Birchall said as cited in a Thursday release.

The Minister Delegate for European Affairs discussed on Wednesday with David Jones, mainly focusing on the formal notification sent by British Prime Minister Theresa May for triggering procedures for UK’s leaving the European Union.

Ana Birchall and David Jones surveyed the main stages of the negotiation process that will follow and exchanged opinions on the two governments’ views on the terms of the UK’s departure from the European bloc. The two officials agreed on the need for a constructive approach in the negotiations that will follow, under observance of the interests of both parties, the European Union and the United Kingdom.

“I let my counterpart know that we support a balanced and consistent approach of the political orientations for the future negotiations. The negotiation process must unfold in a fair and open manner, and reflect the interests of all EU member states. This is also the reason why the EU27 will negotiate as one voice with the British Government. The agreement on UK’s withdrawal from the EU should constitute a solid basis for renewed close cooperation with the UK in areas of common interest such as trade, security, defense and foreign policy,” said Ana Birchall.

The Minister Delegate for European Affairs expressed Romania’s concern for the observance of the rights of its nationals in the UK.

“Our priority is to maintain a constant dialogue with the British authorities and EU institutions, to make sure that the rights of Romanians in the UK are further respected after the start of the process for UK’s exiting the EU,” Ana Birchall said.

The representative of the British Government too expressed the desire that the rights of British EU residents are respected.

During the dialogue with David Jones, Ana Birchall also approached the subject of the British-Romanian bilateral relation, emphasizing the importance of the two countries’ Strategic Partnership.

“UK is and will remain a key partner of Romania as regards political dialogue, cooperation in multilateral bodies such as the UN, OSCE, or NATO commitments. We want our economic cooperation to develop, but also to intensify our cultural exchanges. Romania will advocate close relations between the EU and the UK. UK leaves the European institutions, but not Europe, which further remains our common home,” Birchall underscored.

Both the Romanian and the British official agreed on the need for Bucharest and London to have a close dialogue, including from the prospect of Romania’s upcoming term at the helm of the Council of the European Union, when UK’s exit of the EU is most likely to effectively take place.

David Jones invited Ana Birchall to the UK, with the date of the visit to be set subsequently, depending on the agendas of the two officials.

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