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President Iohannis meets UN Secretary General, invites him to pay visit to Romania

President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, whom he invited to pay a visit to Romania.

According to a Presidential Administration release, at the meeting with Antonio Guterres, the head of state highlighted Romania’s involvement in supporting the process initiated by the UN Secretary General on making the organisation more efficient and reforming it so that it may act of a prompter and more efficient manner for solving the issues the international community is confronted with.

“President Klaus Iohannis reconfirmed Romania’s commitment to support the UN peace-keeping missions. Romania’s President also presented the arguments for Romania’s candidacy for a new mandate in the UN Security Council. The head of state addressed the UN Secretary General the invitation of paying a visit to Romania, which the UN high-official received with openness and delight and remembered the previous visits to Romania,” the release reads.

The UN Secretary General showed that he acknowledges Romania’s role in the region and on a global level, as a pillar of order and stability and mentioned the exemplary nature of the UN cooperation with Romania, as a state that supports the values of multilateralism and international cooperation, mentioning including the example of the Emergency Transit Centre for Refugees, created by Romania with the UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration, the first such centre worldwide, which has been operational since 2008 and which he visited in 2009 in his previous capacity as UN High Commissioner for refugees. The Secretary General appreciated Romania’s conduct in the region, having briefly approached the situation in Ukraine, the Transnistrian file, the situation in the Western Balkans.

The two high officials established to remain in constant contact in order to promote the topics on the UN agenda.

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