PM Viorica Dancila: Deepening the relations with the State of Israel represents a priority for Romania’s Government
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed on Wednesday Tzipi Hotovely, State of Israel Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, who paid an official visit to Bucharest on an invitation extended by Romania’s Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu.
During the meeting they evoked “the special dynamics of the relations between Romania and the State of Israel,” both on a political level and on the level of sectoral cooperation.
According to a Government release, in the meeting the two dignitaries highlighted the common wish to consolidate the bilateral relations.
“The two officials highlighted the special significance of 2018, in the context in which, this year, the State of Israel celebrates 70 years since its creation, the uninterrupted Romanian – Israeli diplomatic relations get to their 70th anniversary, and Romania celebrates the Great Union Centennial. In context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stressed that deepening the relations with the State of Israel represents a priority for Romania’s Government,” the release mentions.
During the talks the two sides agreed on the additional capitalisation on the cooperation in the economic area, in which context they underscored the need to enhance the number of concrete projects and to stimulate the mutual interest of the business communities in the two countries.
“A special attention was granted to the collaboration opportunities on a sectoral level, in areas such as defence, healthcare, tourism and education. In this context, the two officials explored the possibility of concluding a Romania-Israel partnership in the area of new technologies, with a focus on the energy, sustainable, cyber security and entrepreneurial innovation sectors, for high-tech areas,” the release reads.
Furthermore, PM Dancila highlighted Romania’s constant commitment in respect to condemning anti-Semitism, assuming the past and condemning the negation of the Holocaust, voicing the interest of the Romanian side in continuing the cooperation in the area of education on the Holocaust. The PM also underscored Romania’s interest in completing the project of the National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust in Romania, the release also specifies.
Senate’s Tariceanu meets Israeli Deputy ForMin Hotovely to discuss diversifying cooperation
Strengthening and diversifying the bilateral cooperation on a political, economic, cultural, technical and scientific level for a closer partnership in these areas was the main topic tackled during a meeting on Wednesday of Romania’s Senate Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Israel Tzipi Hotovely.
“Tariceanu congratulated the Israeli official on the 70th anniversary of the declaration of the Independence of the State of Israel; taking into account the fact that Romania was among the first countries to recognise the new state in June 1948, this year is also the 70th anniversary of uninterrupted bilateral diplomatic relations between the two countries. In respect of the latest developments in the Middle East peace process, the Senate chairman underscored that Romania shares, in coordination with other member states of the European Union, the peace solution that provides for the co-existence of two states, Israel and Palestine, under conditions of sovereignty, security and mutual recognition, while the status of Jerusalem remains to be established through a negotiated direct agreement between the parties,” the statement says.
Tariceanu appreciated the dialogue and cooperation with Israel over the community of Romanian-born Jews and the support offered for the preservation of the community’s Romanian linguistic and cultural identity, an important element for maintaining the dynamic nature of cooperation relations, including in the economic sphere and in terms of investments between Romania and Israel.
Tariceanu also voiced Romania’s interest in boosting bilateral collaboration in technical, scientific and research areas, giving that both countries have got themselves noticed through valuable contributions.
Dragnea and Hotovely evoke excellent Romanian-Israeli collaboration in defence sector
On Wednesday, House Speaker Liviu Dragnea met Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, their talks tackling the stage of projects on the bilateral cooperation agenda.
According to a Lower House press release, the visit of the Israeli delegation has opened the series of strategic meetings established for 2018 at the level of the two states that celebrate 70 years since the State of Israel declared its independence and just as many years of uninterrupted bilateral relations.
During the talks, the Romanian side evoked the excellent Romanian-Israeli collaboration in the defence sector, and our country’s capacity to expand the partnership with Israel also in other sectors of interest, such as energy, medicine, education, and research.
The House Speaker underscored that Romania’s current business climate, conceived to encourage development and growth, is a solid ground for investments that are intensively innovative and technologically advanced, having maximum economic impact. In this sense, the two officials developed the outlook of implementing a protocol of collaboration on axes that have strategic importance for the two countries, the proposal being made to facilitate cooperation at scientific level between Romanian and Israeli institutes in the field of research in innovative technologies and energy technologies. Likewise, also put forward was the idea of materialising a partnership in the medical field, against the backdrop of our country’s explicit interest in expanding cooperation in view of building, in the near future, eight regional hospitals and a Metropolitan Hospital.
The agenda of the talks also included aspects concerning the combating of antisemitism, the Romanian side offering assurances regarding the inclusive and anti-discriminatory character of Romanian public policies, and of Romanian society, pointing out that, at present, Romania is getting ready to open a Jewish History and Holocaust Museum.
The meeting represented an excellent opportunity to reiterate support for the relocation of the Romanian embassy to Israel in the city of Jerusalem.