Minister of Defence Mihai Fifor on Thursday met in Brussels the US Secretary of Defence, James Mattis, in which context the US official said he was ready to pay a visit to Romania.
“Mr. Mattis assured me that the US remain committed to defending Romania, including through the presence of the US troops in Deveselu, at the Mihail Kogalniceanu military base, as well through the endowment programmes that we already concluded. He said he was ready to pay a visit to Romania, so that later we will have to set the exact date,” Fifor wrote on his Facebook page.
Minister Fifor specified that during the talks with the US official he approached such topics related to security in the Black Sea region and allied priorities for the future NATO Summit.
“In this context, I highlighted that the recent developments in terms of security in this area require for a strengthened deterrence and defence posture of the Alliance in the region and on the Eastern flank,” said the Minister of Defence.
He also specified that he evoked Romania’s efforts in meeting its commitments, especially through maintaining the 2% per cent of the GDP allotted to defence in 2018 too, and in the next years, and also in relation to the earmarking of important parts of the defence budget for important military endowments, for our country’s security.
“In this respect, I informed him about the Romanian Army’s endowment and acquisitions plan for 2018, while specifying that a special attention this year will be paid to the improvement of capabilities in the maritime field. Romania’s consistent and substantial participation in the allied operations represents another dimension of our country’s contribution to allied security assumed obligations, with Romania being the 4th contributor with troops in Afghanistan,” showed the Minister of Defence.
“This is an example of determination on the side of Romania to actively and substantially get involved in the overall efforts of the Alliance in managing the current security challenges,” said the Minister of Defence.
The meeting between the two officials took place on the occasion of the meeting of defence ministers from the NATO members states, which was held in Brussels.