President Klaus Iohannis stated on Tuesday that Romania must maintain itself as a pillar of stability and predictability, pointing out that the rule of law must be strengthened.
“I was saying at last year’s meeting, in the domestic political context of back then, that in terms of politics, Romania must maintain itself as a pillar of stability and predictability and that the rule of law must be strengthened. These are words which are still very valid today, in the current context. At the same time, I am fully convinced that, for a good foreign policy, predictability and accountability of action on an international level are essential, besides a good domestic policy,” Iohannis said at the annual meeting with the heads of the diplomatic missions accredited in Bucharest.
According to the President, Romania will remain on the same essential coordinates as it did so far in terms of foreign policy and security.
“This commitment was fulfilled and I will keep it further. This is why, in order to achieve the aforementioned objectives, it is necessary to further consolidate the essential triad of the Romanian foreign policy: further strengthening and enlarging the Strategic Partnership with the US, as well as increasing Romania’s role and efforts in the EU, in NATO, respectively. These three fundamental pillars define the community of values which we are part of and which ensures us security and prosperity. In today’s international context, complicated and unpredictable, Romania must take action in order to maintain, at the same time, the intrinsic strategic relevance of these three pillars, as well as increasing Romania’s relevance within them,” the head of state said.
Romania is to continue to get actively involved in debate on strengthening economic and monetary Union
Romania will continue to get actively involved in the debate regarding the strengthening of the economic and monetary Unit, President Klaus Iohannis stated on Tuesday, adding that, without the accession to Eurozone, our country won’t benefit from all the opportunities of joining the European Union.
“I want to bring to mind (…) Romania’s objective in terms of joining Eurozone, without which we won’t benefit from all the opportunities of a EU member state. This is why, we will continue to get actively involved in the debate regarding the strengthening of the economic and monetary Union,” Iohannis stated at the annual meeting with the heads of the diplomatic missions accredited in Bucharest.
Accession to Schengen is essential
Romania’s accession to the Schengen area is essential, President Iohannis underlined at the annual meeting with the heads of the diplomatic missions accredited in Bucharest.
“The accession to the Schengen area continues to be on our agenda, because it is essential,” the head of state said.
He also made a call for an in advance preparation of the logistics aspects for Romania’s exerting the presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019.
Romania firmly pleads for transatlantic relation strengthening
Romania is “firmly” pleading for the strengthening of the transatlantic relation, President Klaus Iohannis also said on Tuesday.
“Romania is firmly pleading for this relation [transatlantic] to be strengthened,” Iohannis underscored, at the annual meeting with the heads of the diplomatic missions accredited in Bucharest.
July’s NATO summit agenda must cover relation with Russia, NATO-EU partnership enhancement
The NATO summit agenda due in July must cover the relationship of the Alliance with Russia, as well as the enhancement of the NATO-European Union partnership, president Klaus Iohannis specified on Tuesday at the annual meeting with the diplomatic missions’ heads in Bucharest.
“In addition, the summit will have to endorse measures so that the NATO better screens stability in the proximity, both in the East and in the South, through support given to the partner states, so that they are more resilient to various threats. This is the reason why Romania endorses – as it did at the May 2017’s high level reunion – the increase of the Alliance’s role in combating terrorism, including by enhancing the capacities of the Southern partners to deal with this phenomenon. At the same time, the agenda must cover, for obvious reasons, the relationship with Russia, as well as the strengthening of the NATO-EU partnership, which we strongly support, because it renders the action of the two organisations in key domains efficient and it eases the synergy and complementarity of their action,” the president asserted.
He stressed that Romania will do everything it takes so that the NATO remains “the strongest and most efficient Alliance of collective defence in history.”
“In the current complex security context, the Allied Summit will have to find answers to further enhance the collective defence and the deterrence against the risks, threats and challenges from the East, but also to properly answer the ones in the South. In this respect, the NATO must stay united, strong and more cohesive in implementing its decisions. The Alliance’s coherence in its entirety is important to the NATO and to Romania, because it builds a more efficient NATO and ensures a better defended Eastern flank, through an advanced unitary presence included, based on a coherent approach from North to South, from the Baltic to the Black Sea,” the president added.
Iohannis pleaded for the trans-Atlantic relation’s strengthening, saying that it represents “the guarantee of the Alliance’s optimum functioning” and of the collective defence as it is defined by Article V of the Washington Treaty.
“Romania has advocated – in June 2017, in Washington, in Berlin and in general in last year’s European occasions – and will continue to advocate the enhancement of the trans-Atlantic relationship both as a US strong strategic partner and as a state deeply attached to the European integration and the relaunch of the strengthening of the European project,” he mentioned.
Iohannis also highlighted that 2017 was “an exceptional year” for the strategic partnership with the USA, and this year the cooperation will be consolidated in the political, military and economic fields.
“The very good meeting with president Trump, in June 2017 resulted in the strategic partnership’s relaunch and strengthening, then at its 20th anniversary, in all of its dimensions. At the same time, the meeting with president Trump reconfirmed the commitment of the United States to our region’s security, Romania’s included. We shall, therefore, act resolutely to enforce the decisions made on that visit. This year too, we will consistently strengthen our political and military cooperation, by continuing to allocate 2pct of the GDP to defence sector, included, and yet we shall have to also make progress in developing the mutual commercial exchanges and investments, and the other dimensions of the Partnership, respectively,” Iohannis concluded.
Decisively contributing to bringing Moldova closer to European values – a steady priority for Romania
The President also underscored, at the annual meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Bucharest, the importance of the Strategic Partnership for the European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, adding that Romania will continue the policy of strengthening democratic institutions and bilateral strategic interconnection projects.
“It is a permanent priority for Romania to make a decisive contribution to bringing the Republic of Moldova closer to European values and standards in the most concrete and effective manner. But even more so this year, as we celebrate the Centennial of Modern Romania and when we inherently get acutely and closely aware of our common language, culture and history, we have the duty to support deep-going reform at the level of the institutions and the society capable of contributing to this goal through the real interconnection of the Republic of Moldova and its citizens with the European Union and the concrete, tangible benefits of European integration. We will therefore continue the policy of strengthening the democratic institutions, bilateral strategic interconnection projects and those with direct positive effects for the citizens,” said Iohannis.
He also referred to the development of strategic relations with France, Germany, Poland and Italy.
“Last year, strategic relations with France and Germany have deepened and opened new perspectives for European coordination, through the meeting last June in Berlin with Chancellor Merkel, and those in Brussels and Bucharest in June and August with President Macron, and we have also acted towards strengthening the strategic partnership with Poland, particularly in the security field. We will further pursue these lines of action in 2018, and as a general rule, we will continue to develop Romania’s European strategic partnerships and bilateral relations, as is the partnership with Italy,” said President Iohannis.
Syrian and Libyan files need tangible progress
The Syrian and Libyan files need tangible progress, underscored President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday, at the annual meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Bucharest, and that there is also need of clear steps to be taken in peacefully solving the North-Korean issue.
“I believe that the peace process in the Middle East must benefit from a relaunch of direct negotiations, to allow reaching a sustainable and comprehensive solution, and to allow the two states, Palestine and Israel, to live in peace. The Syrian and Libyan files also need a tangible progress. We must be more active in what concerns the economic and political dimension in these regions, and the same in our relation with the states in Asia, Latin America and Africa. We have already started to work for this. The recent visit, which was a very good one, of the Japanese Prime Minister, and the first in our bilateral history, has as a result, among other things, the decision to bring our relation to the next level of a strategic partnership, which is a good example in support of this. At the same time, we also need more clear steps, decisive, in peacefully solving the North-Korean issue,” specified Iohannis.