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January 16, 2021

Premier Grindeanu, official visit to Israel

Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu pays an official visit to Israel on Thursday, where he will meet his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

The meeting will be followed by an official lunch offered by the Israeli Prime Minister, to which all members of the delegation will be invited: Economy Minister Mihai Tudose, Defence Minister Gabriel Les, Minister for Romanian Expats Andreea Pastarnac, Government’s Secretary General Mihai Busuioc, Chairman of the Romanian-Israeli Parliamentary Friendship Group Gabriel Vlase.

According to a press release, the Head of the Romanian Government and the Israeli Prime Minister will take part in a joint press conference and in the signing of two bilateral documents: a statement of intent on the lowering of international roaming tariffs between Romania’s Ministry of Communications and Israel’s Ministry of Communications, and a statement of cooperation between Romania’s Economy Ministry and Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry. The second joint statement concerns cooperation in fields such as the transmission of electricity and natural gas, research, development and innovation, high-technology and investments.

Premier Grindeanu will also meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

“This visit will be a good opportunity to evaluate the bilateral relationship, considering that we plan to develop the political dialogue between Romania and Israel and to go through a new stage, toward a strategic dimension of the Romanian-Israeli relationship, capitalising on the economic domain,” the Romanian Prime Minister said.

Premier Sorin Grindeanu’s schedule in Israel includes a visit to the ‘Yad Vashem’ Memorial Museum for the Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust, a meeting with Israelis of Romanian origin, as well as meetings with Theophilos III, the Greek-Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, and Archimandrite Teofil Anastasoaie, the representative of the Romanian Orthodox Church in the Holy Land.

Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu will also meet Colette Avital, Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation.

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