Romania has been and will stay a trustworthy partner of the US and inside NATO, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose reiterated at the meeting he had at the Victoria Governmental Palace on Saturday with a delegation headed by US Congressman Mike Turner, chairman of the Friendship Group for Romania, in the US Congress, and the Subcommittee for air and tactical land forces. US Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm also attended the meeting.
According to a Government release, during the discussions the PM highlighted the opportunities provided to both sides on the level of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the US, as well as partners inside NATO.
“Romania has been and will further stay a trustworthy partner of the US and inside NATO, with the support which the US and the North Atlantic Alliance enjoy in Romania standing as proof, not only on a governmental and political level, but also on the level of common people,” the PM is quoted in the release as saying.
Tudose mentioned Romania’s Army’s contribution to the Alliance missions, with servicemen and logistics, and the fact that Romania has already earmarked this year 2 percent of the GDP to defence spending was hailed by the members of the US Congress delegation, who also appreciated the professionalism of the Romanian military.
Furthermore, the Romania’s hosting these days in Bucharest the NATO Parliamentary Assembly session was mentioned as an important signal for the security efforts worldwide and in the Black Sea area, in particular.
PM Tudose also underscored that Romania is a pole of stability and security in the region.
“All countries must, however, deal and fight with the new types of security threats, and in this context, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose sent condolences to the US and voiced outrage with the armed attack that recently took place in Las Vegas, resulting in several dead and injured people,” the Government release points out.
Romania equally believes that the idea of security must be approached not only from a military and defence point of view, but also in terms of energy security.
The members of the US delegation voiced their support for the projects in this area which Romania has in view, for the development of the production capacities and the diversifications of energy sources, as well as for the development of the distribution networks and the interconnection networks with the countries in the region.
“In this context, the “Trade Winds” Conference, which is going to take place in Bucharest, over 18 – 20 October (see also on page 5), expecting the participation of representatives of some 100 US companies and about 50 Romanian companies, will represent a good opportunity to develop common projects and to lay the foundations of a much more active partnership, including on an economic level, PM Mihai Tudose added, hailing the interest of US investors in Romania and reiterating Romania’s will of joining the Organization for Co-operation and Economic Development (OECD),” the release also reads.