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Annual Reunion of Romanian Diplomacy kicks off in Bucharest. ForMin Melescanu: EU Presidency, membership bid for UN Security Council, OECD – Romania’s foreign policy landmarks

The Annual Reunion of Romanian Diplomacy kicked off on Tuesday in Bucharest, the edition’s topic being “A changing world: The stakes of Romania’s foreign policy”, according to a release by the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE).

The official opening is attended by the Senate’s Chairman, Calin Popescu – Tariceanu and the Chamber of Deputies’ Speaker, Liviu Dragnea, the host of the meeting being the Foreign Affairs Minister, Teodor Melescanu.

Organised by MAE in 29 August – 1 September, the event takes place according to the tradition, around the Romanian Diplomacy Day – 1 September.

The Romanian Diplomacy Reunion brings together the heads of the diplomatic missions and consular offices of Romania from abroad, being an occasion to assess the foreign policy objectives and set up the future strategic lines of action of the Romanian diplomacy.

During the debates, an accent will be put on Romania’s priority objectives in a large series of files, among which: the European agenda, the security and defence, the good neighbourliness, the added value brought by the diplomacy to Romania’s development, our country’s candidacy to a non-permanent spot at the UN Security Council and, in a larger strategic plan, the active behaviour in the international bodies and in the promotion of various themes.

This year’s edition will see as special guests the head of the Egyptian diplomacy, Sameh Hassan Shoukry, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó.

The event will also be attended by members of the Romanian Government and Parliament, representatives of the Presidential Administration, of the foreign diplomatic corps accredited in Bucharest, representatives of the business and academic milieu, as well as high officials with MAE and Romanian diplomats turned into high officials with the international organisations.

According to MAE, the reunion’s schedule includes the receiving of the Romanian heads of diplomatic missions by President Klaus Iohannis.

An important segment of the agenda will be oriented to concrete debates and opportunities of direct dialogue between the heads of the Romanian diplomatic missions and the representatives of the Romanian business milieu. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose will meet the missions’ heads during this segment, MAE adds.

As a first, this year’s edition will comprise meetings with the local authorities and visits to economic objectives, countrywide.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu said on Tuesday that preparations for the Great Union Centennial, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council and the bid for OECD membership are the “landmarks” of the Romanian diplomacy.

“We equally need a more result-oriented economic diplomacy,” Melescanu told the Annual Meeting of Romanian Diplomats taking place in Bucharest, adding that the country’s diplomats also need to better connect to Romania’s most recent innovative projects.

The ForMin said that Romania’s European stake is to ensure the Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2019, a historic opportunity for the country’s foreign policy.

“Romania’s interest is to reinvigorate development policies from the perspective of economic convergence and deeper European integration. At the same time, we need to update our country profile, to intelligently increase our influence to the standards our entire society deserves and wishes for. (…) Outside country borders we must reach the repute, respect and recognition capable of making us proud as a country and as citizens of Romania. We must be far more active in promoting Romania’s national interests on the EU subject and we need to be more actively promote Romania’s national interests regarding EU and bilateral relations with the member states,” Teodor Melescanu stressed.

The Romanian chief diplomat mentioned that “security remains the key stake from the transatlantic and global perspective,” adding that by the end of the year Romania will host the Annual Romania-US Strategic Dialogue Meeting where the priority actions and projects to deepen the bilateral relationship will be agreed upon.

According to Melescanu, Romania’s direct proximity is of particular importance. “In our neighborhood, the Republic of Moldova and supporting it for a European future remain a priority stake,” the Foreign Minister said.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out that Romania wants to have good relations with Russia and argued that the strategic relationship with Israel needs to be taken to a deeper level by expanding the areas of cooperation while enhancing the relations with the Middle East as a whole.

 

Senate’s Tariceanu: The principle of national sovereignty should be the first to count in our foreign policy

 

The principle of national sovereignty, which shouldn’t be taken for a form of populist nationalism, should be the first to count in our foreign policy, Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu stated on Tuesday, at the Annual Meeting of Romanian Diplomats.

According to him, the power of a nation and its ability to influence international relations cannot be measured only in economic and military terms, it is not something that rests exclusively with the strategies and geopolitics, but, in his opinion, a capable nation will become more powerful if it has a project and guides itself by principles – which was proved by the Romanians who lived one hundred years ago.

“Adopted by our generation, the state sovereignty project – the nation could have the power to bring into prominence and gain visibility for the Romanian foreign policy. Let’s not delude ourselves – the mere condition of loyal, disciplined and silent allies will not bring us recognition, even if it may offer us such a climate of security that we have rarely enjoyed, a climate of security that, if we consider the unpredictability that seems to define the process of making decisions in foreign affairs by the most powerful of our allies, it is not guaranteed forever. None of the security “stars” under which our national territory lived (…) lasted forever, which means that the power we should project in our foreign policy, since it cannot rest only with the army and the loyalty towards the strategic alliances and partnerships, should be, to the same extend, one of beliefs, of projects and principles that guide us in our national life. (…) The principle of national sovereignty should be the first to count in our foreign policy, which doesn’t mean that we all ought to be called to become patriot nationalists in the populist and oratorical sense of the term. Our nation is profoundly European and, therefore, essentially civic. It’s about time that we behave like a nation of free people, equal citizen, connected with one another, and not one of mythologies and ideologies and common faith in the liberal democracy, constitutionalism, political representation, free initiative and rule of law,” stressed the Senate President.

According to Tariceanu, the crises and diplomatic tensions all emerge at this point from a display of military forces, either real, as in Eastern Ukraine, either potential, as in North-East Asia.

Tariceanu showed that, if Romania takes its own history seriously, it could become an ethic force on the global stage, which is a stage dominated by the noise of weapons, Realpolitik, indifference to the humanitarian disasters and suppression of liberties.

He also gave assurance that, in his capacity as Senate President, he won’t hesitate to cooperate tightly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) in all the diplomatic contexts initiated and driven by it, which are aimed at ensuring our country the proper connections, including through the capitalization on its strategic bilateral partnerships and the regional cooperation platforms.

“It is important that Romania continues to pay attention to the trilateral consultations and cooperation formulas and that our diplomacy remains actively engaged in subregional groups of states whose participation and positioning in foreign policy is determined by common or similar circumstances. (…) Security is not a goal in itself, it is a means through which we can protect our national sovereignty, the solidity of the democratic regime and freedom of each one of us,” said the Senate President.

 

Speaker Dragnea calls on Romanian diplomats to help national economy rise

 

Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Liviu Dragnea on Tuesday called on Romanian diplomats to help the economy rise alongside the state institutions, pointing the finger to the lacking welfare that has prompted massive migration.

“It is a pure and practical message. Help the Romanian economy rise, lend a helping hand to the government and Parliament and shoulder the efforts of the companies and employees and all those who live here,” Dragnea told the Annual Meeting of Romanian Diplomats.

He pointed out that Romania’s foreign policy today has clear benchmarks: the partnership with the US, westward European integration, a good neighborly policy with the south and the east – all this being a safety dome under which Romania can carry out its plans for prosperity.

Dragnea mentioned the role of the diplomats, underscoring that they “are Romania’s most qualified sales team, the people who promote culture, sell economy and promote the Romanian tradition. You are the ones who shape the reputation and interests of Romania worldwide.”

Referring to Romania’s priorities, Dragnea underscored that any direction of development is an emergency, but that the “topmost priority is the economy.”

“You know better than me what diplomacy can do for the economy – it can generate commercial contracts, attract investors, facilitate bilateral agreements, open up markets, support Romanian companies, find financial giants interested in this corner of the world. Diplomacy must and can be the advocate of Romanian products on the European market, one of the most important and most competitive markets on the planet,” the Lower House Speaker and leader of the Social Democratic Party added.

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