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ForMin Melescanu says US visas for Romanians will be waived in 1-2 years

Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu claims that visas for Romanians travelling to the USA will be removed in one or two years, a working group of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) existing in order to apply the Joint Statement of the US and EU regarding the removal of visas.

He mentioned that there are working sectors regarding the Strategic Partnership for the 21st century with the US.

“The third important matter we are working on is removing visas for Romanians traveling to the United States. I have had two working meetings with American experts. We had a tripartite meeting in April in Brussels – the European Commission, Romania and the United States – and we are still working to apply a Joint Statement of the US and EU regarding the program to implement visa waivers for five countries, among them Romania, that do not benefit from this regime. The time horizon is of one-two years,” said Melescanu, on Friday evening, at private broadcaster Digi 24.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that President Iohannis’ visit to the US was a clear moment of placing Romania on the US political map.

“The visit of the president in itself was a very clear moment of putting Romania on the political map of the USA. He is the first president in the Central and Eastern Europe area that makes such a visit. I would like to emphasize that (…) in the press conference President Trump reiterated clearly and openly the fact that the United States will respect the provisions of article 5 of NATO’s Washington Treaty and will offer the solidarity clause to any country that is attacked. Surely this moment was a reference moment. What we are doing now is, maybe, a far less spectacular activity. We have several working sectors regarding the Strategic Partnership for the 21st century with the US which will prepare another Statement and another step in Romania’s relation with the United States,” the head of Romanian diplomacy pointed out.

Melescanu also mentioned that representatives of several American companies will be present in Bucharest this autumn.

“There are matters of the economic order that have a high importance and we have prepared for the autumn of this year probably the largest American economic mission that came to our area – over 120 American companies (…) that will have, here in Bucharest, the possibility of coming in direct contact with Romanian companies. We are working, also, very seriously, on security and defence matters where the relationship is very good and has constituted, in fact, the driving force of the strategic partnership that we desired to extend towards the domains of economy, technique-science and the innovation,” Melescanu added.

 

“Romania’s policy towards Russia is characterized by the terms “discouragement and dialogue”, just as the relation between NATO and Russia”

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Melescanu, claims that Romania’s policy towards Russia is characterized by the terms “discouragement and dialogue”, just as the relation between NATO and Russia.

“The relation with Russia was clearly defined by NATO through two concepts: discouragement and dialogue. Discouragement means a presence in the eastern part of the European continent where there is, at least on the part of Russia, a very serious accumulation of armed forces and armament; a presence that would be proportional without giving the image of a threat, but a presence that would ensure the security of the eastern flank and, at the same time, a policy of dialogue on topics that are not the object of sanctions. This is also our policy: discouragement and dialogue,” stated Melescanu on Friday at Digi 24.

Asked about the authorities in Chisinau declaring Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin as persona non grata in the Republic of Moldova, Melescanu answered: “Instead of Deputy PM Rogozin having the auditorium to present his points of view in the Republic of Moldova, meaning Transnistria, he will do it from Moscow, or somewhere else. I don’t believe he will change in regards to approach. Or at least he will not have a rostrum or he won’t have the possibility to say things giving them another weight and connotation being on the territory of the Republic of Moldova.

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