President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday welcomed incoming ambassadors to Romania Maria Eugenia Echeverria Herrera of Peru, Marco Giungi of Italy (photo), Gilbert Largaton Ouattara of Ivory Coast and Ker Vicseth of Cambodia to receive their letters of credence, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
The Presidential Administration says in a press statement that in his conversation with Peru’s ambassador, Iohannis underscored Romania’s openness toward deepening and diversifying relationships between the two countries. The Peruvian ambassador underscored in her turn the excellent level of political and diplomatic dialogue between the two countries that was confirmed by a round of consultations at the level of foreign ministries the same day in Bucharest. The two officials emphasised the existing interest in boosting commercial exchanges and in increasing mutual investment, including by boosting direct contacts between business leaders and the involvement of the local administrations.
At the meeting with the Italian ambassador Marco Giungi, Iohannis underscored the importance of the privileged relationships between the two countries, as reflected in their consolidated strategic partnership and the frequency of political contacts. The Italian ambassador gave assurances that the Italian Government is thankful to the local Romanian community for its valuable contribution to the development of the Italian society.
Iohannis said that the Romanian community of Italy and the Italian community of Romania are “the pillars of the bridge connecting the two countries.” He voiced hope that good cooperation will continue with Italian officials to solve the issues facing the Romanian community of Italy. The two officials hailed the solidity and dynamics of bilateral trade, given that Italy is one of Romania’s main foreign trade partners, voicing hope that the trade can still be intensified, with emphasis on facilitating the significant presence in Romania of Italian companies. The Italian ambassador voiced interest in bilateral coordination being strengthened inside the EU, including as far as the reform of the multiannual financial framework after Brexit is concerned.
In his turn, Iohannis hailed Italy’s stance on the future of Europe. The two officials also discussed the latest developments in the social dimension of the European Union.
In his conversation with Ivory Coast’s ambassador, Iohannis voiced interest in strengthening bilateral cooperation, with emphasis on the economic component. The ambassador highlighted the tradition of diplomatic ties between Ivory Coast and Romania, voicing the former’s interest in becoming a gateway to an economic community made up of 15 western African countries.
At the meeting with Cambodia’s ambassador, the Romanian president voiced interest in bilateral political dialogue being deepened and economic cooperation boosted. The ambassador pointed to a significant economic progress recorded by his country that paves the way for cooperation in areas such as agriculture, tourism, telecommunications and banking. He also hailed the steps taken for the development of a bilateral legal framework, with emphasis in facilitating visas.