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September 23, 2020

ForMin Melescanu meets PM Netanyahu and relays Romanian premier’s proposal on new technology partnership

Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Tuesday, during the official visit that the head of the Romanian diplomacy paid to the State of Israel, and the two dignitaries evoked the traditional friendship relations between the two countries and highlighted the excellent stage of the bilateral relations, informs a press release of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE).

According to the release, the Romanian official relayed to the Israeli premier a letter from his Romanian counterpart, who advanced his proposal to establish a Romanian-Israeli partnership in the new technologies’ domain, with a focus on the energy, sustainable agriculture, cyber security and high-tech entrepreneurial innovations’ sectors.

“Economically, the current stage and the development opportunities for trade exchanges and economic cooperation have been analysed and the need to identify concrete projects to stimulate the mutual interest of the two countries’ business communities has been underscored, so as to capitalize on Romania’s and Israel’s economic potentials,” the quoted source mentions.

The talks also focused on the need to speed up the implementation of aspects agreed on during the second session of the Romanian-Israeli intergovernmental consultations (June 2014) and on both parties’ interest in organising the third, high-level, joint government meeting (G2G) during 2018, reads the release.

“Minister Melescanu reconfirmed Romania’s support in consolidating the relations of the State of Israel with the European Union,” according to the same source.

At the same time, the two officials referred during talks to the good cooperation within the multilateral collaboration format, including with regard to the mutual support of the Israeli and Romanian candidacy within international organisations.

“The two dignitaries also exchanged views on common interest topics and the regional and international agenda, with an emphasis on the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Iraq, as well as the political crisis in the Gulf. Discussions revolved around the current stage and advancement perspectives of the Peace Process in the Middle East, and also on the international efforts to combat terrorism and avoid the proliferation of nuclear weapons. In the context, the perspectives of the nuclear agreement with Iran were brought up,” the release communicates.

MAE further notifies that the head of the Romanian diplomacy had meetings with Isaac Herzog, the leader of the Opposition in Knesset, Michael Oren, the Deputy Minister for Diplomacy in Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office and also participated in a briefing at the Strategic Research Institute with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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