Romania’s Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu said Thursday, at the end of an official visit to Israel that the economic ties between Romania and Israel should live up to the level of the political and defence ties between the two countries.
“As far as we and Israel are concerned, it is very important for the economic ties to live up to the level of the political and defence ties between us. To us, Israel is the most important ally in its region; it has been so for many years now and it will continue to remain so,” said Grindeanu.
He went on to say that his visit to Jerusalem included many meetings, but what matters is the outcome of the visit.
“This was a visit that included very many meetings, staring with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Israeli President Rivlin, the Israeli economy and defense ministers (…) We have signed two memoranda today: one concerning the economy and another regarding a framework for cutting mobile roaming costs between Romania and Israel so that we may be able to make the cuts in the period ahead. Yet, the most important thing is what comes next, because Romania has traditionally had excellent relationships with Israel. The diplomatic ties have lasted for 69 years uninterruptedly leading to good and even excellent political and defence ties,” said Grindeanu.
Accompanying Grindeanu to Jerusalem was an official retinue made up of Romania’s Economy Minister Mihai Tudose; Defence Minister Gabriel Les; Minister for Romanian Everywhere Andreea Pastirnac; Government’s Secretary General Mihai Busuioc, as well as Chairman of the Romanian-Israeli parliamentary friendship group Gabriel Vlase.
The schedule of Grindeanu visit to Israel also included touring the Yad Vashem Centre; meeting leaders of Romanian -born Israeli; meeting Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, as well as meting representative of Romania’s Christian Orthodox Church in the Holy Land Archimandrite Teofil Anastasoaie. Grindeanu also met Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organization Colette Avital.
For the first time in Israel, Grindeanu on Thursday after-noon toured the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. He also went to the bazaar in the Old Town area to talk to vendors of religious items.
The visit ended on Thursday evening after a meeting with Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
“Romania’s Jewish community plays important part in Romanian society”
Romania’s Jewish community has played and continues to play an important part in the Romanian society, Romania’s Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu said Thursday evening in Jerusalem at a meeting with leaders of Romanian-born Israelis.
“Romania’s Jewish community played and continues to play an important part in the Romanian society, as economic, educational and cultural cooperation with it has been excellent. In the spirit of this excellent dialogue between Romania and Israel, Romania’s Parliament last year passed a piece of legislation concerning the retuning of abusively confiscated Jewish property, prioritising processing of applications filed by Holocaust survivors,” Grindeanu said at the beginning of the meeting.
He also mentioned that the Jewish State Theatre of Bucharest has been refurbished on public funds for the 140th anniversary of Jewish drama in Romania.
“The Bucharest City Hall, together with the Government, has recently set aside a building in the Old Town area to house a future museum of the Holocaust and the Jewish community. This is a project I have followed particularly. (…) It is very important to us, the Romanian State, to have such a place that will remind people about certain events in the history of the Romanian nation,” added Grindeanu.
He also said that shared identity parts will make the two nations stronger. “There is no doubt in my mind that there are shared identity parts of the two nations that will make us stronger before increasingly bigger challenges facing us today in a global world. I am convinced that together we will overcome them,” said Grindeanu, according to Agerpres.