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November 26, 2022

Importance of sturdy transatlantic relation, highlighted by participants in NATO foreign ministers meeting

The crucial importance to the European and international security of a sturdy transatlantic relation was highlighted on Friday in the works of the NATO ministerial meeting carried out in Brussels, also attended by Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu.

According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) release sent to AGERPRES on Friday, the meeting was the last on this level before the special meeting of heads of state and government of May 2017, and allowed an opinion exchange with new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

“During the talks, all allies reiterated the crucial importance to the European and international security of a sturdy transatlantic relation. The Romanian chief diplomat underscored, in turn, the special importance of the allied states’ unity and solidarity, as well as that of a fair responsibility sharing, as fundamental principles for the consolidation of the transatlantic relation. He pleaded for continuing the collective efforts aimed at fully implementing the measures decided in the Warsaw Summit, reiterating Romania’s commitment to contribute to these efforts,” the release reads.

The discussions also tackled aspects related to NATO’s role in projecting stability beyond the Alliance’s borders, in a comprehensive approach.

According to MAE, on the southern dimension, a special attention was granted to the efforts to combat terrorism, with an opinion exchange taking place concerning the security challenges in the Middle East and Northern Africa region, the fight against ISIL, the situation in Libya and the possible response of the Alliance, including through the continuation and consolidation of the assistance offered in the line of consolidating the defence capabilities.

Another topic approached regarded the role of NATO in the eastern neighbourhood and the Western Balkans.

“The Romanian Foreign Minister underscored the strategic importance of the eastern neighbourhood and the need for some enhanced efforts in order to increase the resilience of the partners in this area (referring to the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine), having in view the internal and external pressures they have to deal with. At the same time, he stressed the strategic importance of the Western Balkans region and the need for an active approach of NATO, including from the perspective of continuing the enlargement process,” the release mentions.

During the working lunch, the allied foreign ministers, together with their counterparts from Sweden and Finland and the EU High Representative, evaluated the implications of military posture and the activities of Russia in Europe and in other parts of the globe.

According to the MAE release, it was reiterated NATO’s principle-based position of dual approach based, on the one hand, on strong defence and deterrence and, on the other hand, on consistent dialogue. The head of the Romanian diplomacy underlines in this context the importance of reciprocity, as a fundamental principle of the dialogue within the NATO-Russia Council.

The last session of the ministerial meeting scheduled was that in the NATO-Ukraine Committee format, approaching aspects concerning the security situation in Ukraine, the stage and prospects of implementing the provisions of the Minsk Agreements, the current and in perspective priorities in the NATO-Ukraine relation.

The Romanian Foreign Minister reiterated Romania’s unequivocal support for Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity inside its internationally-recognised borders, as well as for the further development of the political dialogue and the practical cooperation between this country and the North-Atlantic Alliance.

Minister Teodor Melescanu underscored Romania’s firm support for Ukraine, and encouraged the Kiev authorities to continue the internal reform process, saluting the progresses registered so far. In context, he announced that Romania answered the support request addressed by Ukraine, by offering tens for the management of the consequences of the explosions at the ammunition warehouse of Balaklia.

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