Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday met President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA72) Miroslav Lajcak to assure the senior official of Romania’s support for the efforts to reform the United Nations.
“The head of state has reconfirmed Romania’s firm commitment to President of the General Assembly achieving his goals that coincide with the interests of Romania: promoting conflict prevention, which is very important for ensuring international peace and security; migration, with President Klaus Iohannis assuring the UN senior official of Romania’s support for negotiations for a UN Global Compact on Migration, as well as for UN reform efforts to better and more effectively respond to challenges in contemporary international affairs,” the Romanian Presidential Administration says in a press statement.
Lajcak thanked Romania particularly for the latter’s available support, showing that the country has been traditionally a constructive state in international affairs and an internationally relevant voice.
Also on Tuesday, Iohannis participated in the opening of the high-level segment of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, the largest annual meeting of heads of state or government, in a reception of the European Union to honour the heads of EU delegations attending the session and a reception offered by US President Donald Trump to the heads of delegations.
Iohannis also had a series of bilateral meetings with counterparts from Estonia, Egypt and Serbia, with the president of the European Council, the NATO Secretary General and the leaders of the main Jewish organisations in the United States, namely the American Jewish Committee, B’nai B’rith International, the World Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the National Jewish Restitution Organization.
At the meeting with the leaders of the Jewish organisations, the Romanian head of state emphasised the level of collaboration with them and presented the excellent nature of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States, especially after his “very fruitful” June visit to the US and meeting with US President Trump. The Presidential Administration points out that, at the request of the interlocutors, Iohannis stressed the importance of the transatlantic relationship and Romania’s efforts to promote it to the benefit of the security and prosperity of North America and Europe alike. The Romanian head of state thanked again for having been presented with the prestigious prize of the American Jewish Committee, Light Unto the Nations, in Washington this June.
Iohannis highlighted the achievements of the Romanian Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Allince (IHRA), notably the working definition of anti-Semitism and the recent legislative changes in Romania, as well as the decision for a timelier and more effective implementation. He invited the Jewish organisations to join in the celebrations of the Centennial of Modern Romania in 2018, to support the project for the creation of a National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust in Romania, as well as other projects of shared interest. At the same time, the head of state sent his best wishes on the upcoming Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
The officials of the participating organisations particularly welcomed the results obtained by Romania while in office as IHRA president (March 2016 – March 2017), including the adoption of a working definition of anti-Semitism and the constant efforts made by Romania to take responsibility for its past and promote Holocaust education, including under a project for setting up the National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust in Romania.
Appreciation was voiced for the excellent strategic relationships between Romania and the US, as well as Romania and Israel, and also for Romania’s active support for the transatlantic relationship. Also discussed was property restitution to the Jewish community of Romania, with emphasis on significant progress made in the area and the availability of Romania to resolve the remaining issues.
Iohannis discusses with Estonian, Egyptian, Serbian counterparts and with Tusk and Stoltenberg
President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, had meetings with his Estonian counterpart Kersti Kaljulaid, Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah El Sisi, and Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic, as well as with European Council President Donald Tusk and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
According to a Presidential Administration release, the talks with Estonia’s President were aimed at topics on the bilateral, European and regional agenda, in the security area, in which context the two officials highlighted the very good level of the bilateral relation, which has further prospects of consolidation, taking into account that the two countries have similar opinions in many European files and in respect to the security matters.
The two Presidents voiced their interest in organising some common events next year to celebrate 100 years since the Great Union and 100 years since the declaration of Estonia’s independence.
In regards to the European agenda, President Iohannis reiterated the support for the activity carried out by Estonia in the context of exerting, for the first time, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and voiced the interest in the Digital Summit of Tallinn of September 29, which he will also attend, being a successful one, meant to lead to new progress in the EU in this area.
In the security area, the head of state hailed the progress registered in consolidating the defence and deterrence posture of NATO’s eastern flank. The two Presidents agreed on Romania and Estonia working together to ensure the success of the allied Summit of 2018, mainly to achieve a real coherence between the NATO presence in the north and in the south of the eastern flank. In this respect, President Iohannis appreciated the importance of the Bucharest Format for the good preparation of the NATO Summit next year.
At the same time, Iohannis informed on the intention of the Romanian side in the perspective of hosting in 2018 the Summit of the Three Seas Initiative, through the point of view of promoting this initiative as a useful instrument for modernising the region, which must be developed so that it should support unity and cohesion within the European Union.
The two Presidents also discussed the need to promote concrete projects of interconnection in the transport, energy and digital network areas, as Estonia has a highly-appreciated competence in the latter.
The two speakers also approached the Eastern Partnership matter, in the perspective of the November Summit, as well as the need to continue support for the Republic of Moldova getting closer to the EU. The officials also discussed a series of interest aspects on UN matters.
At the meeting with the Egyptian President, Iohannis sent the appreciation for the very good relations between the two states, as this year marks the celebration of 111 years of diplomatic relations.
The two discussed the bilateral relations, the EU-Egypt relations, as well as a series of important points on the international agenda, such as the cooperation against terrorism and solving the Libyan and the Syrian files.
“Romania’s President and Egypt’s President agreed on conducting a visit exchange to thrust the high-level bilateral political dialogue,” the Presidential Administration shows, pointing out that Iohannis highlighted Romania’s appreciation for the role that Egypt has as stability factor in the Middle East.
The Romanian head of state voiced the desire to intensify the economic cooperation, which holds a special potential. President El Sisi, in turn, underscored the importance of developing the bilateral relations, including on the economic dimension, voicing the special appreciation for the constant support Romania has granted in time, including by sharing the expertise of democratic transformation of the country and on a EU level.
President Iohannis, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, had a meeting with the Serbian counterpart, to whom he reiterated the invitation of paying a visit to Romania, to strengthen and develop the very important bilateral relations between the two countries.
The Romanian President also had meetings with European Council President Donald Tusk, to discuss topical issues on the European agenda, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who is going to come to Romania in October, for talks with the Romanian authorities and for the participation in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Romania’s President attended a lunch offered by the UN Secretary-General in honour of the heads of delegations, the EU-hosted reception in honour of the European Union’s heads of delegation and, together with his wife Carmen, he attended the traditional reception offered by President of the United States Donald Trump.
Klaus Iohannis to address UN General Assembly
President Klaus Iohannis will be delivering today Romania’s country statement to the general debate of the ongoing 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
According to the Presidential Administration, Iohannis will highlight the importance of an international order based on principles and rules, the rule of law at the world level, the need to strengthen the UN and its adaptation to the current challenges, while underlining the need for an effective response to the main challenges to international peace and security in Romania’s region.
Also delivering national statements the same day will be state officials from Ecuador, Argentina, Congo, Chile, Latvia, East Timor, Namibia, Montenegro, Malawi, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Libya, Nauru, Myanmar, Italy, Kuwait, Norway and Fiji.
On Wednesday morning, Iohannis is scheduled to meet Moldova’s Prime Minister Pavel Filip, and later in the day he will participate in the release of the “HeForShe 10x10x10 Impact Champions” joint report that promotes equal opportunities for men and women. As a member of the first high-level group launched in 2015 advocating equal opportunities for men and women, he will join nine other heads of state or government in addressing the debate.
Also on Wednesday he will have a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and participate in the event organised by Romania called “Making education for peace”. Delivering speeches to this event moderated by Chancellor of the National School for Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA) Remus Pricopie will be Moldova’s Prime Minister Pavel Filip; UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova; United Nations University Rector David Malone; Secretary General of UN Youth Romania Valentin Florea; and President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani.
The Presidential Administration has announced that Iohannis will highlight the role of inclusive and quality education for all in preventing conflicts, youth radicalisation and violence as well as in promoting young people as essential actors of peace, as well as the importance of ensuring access to education as a fundamental human right and of education as a factor of progress in society, capable of achieving the objectives of the UN.
Following these events, Iohannis will be delivering Romania’s national statement to the general debates of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.
On Thursday, President Iohannis will head to Philadelphia to visit Liberty Bell and the Independence Hall complex and meet the local Romanian community.