National Defence Minister Mihai Fifor on Wednesday had a meeting with Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO Allied Command Operations, General Curtis Scaparrotti, to discuss topical matters on the NATO agenda, reads a National Defence Ministry (MApN) release.
According to the release, the discussions carried out in Bucharest focused on topical matters on the NATO agenda, “with a focus on the current allied efforts in the direction of defence and deterrence, the NATO Command Structure reform and stability projection, including in the perspective of the NATO Summit in Brussels to take place in July.”
“The Romanian Defence Minister voiced appreciation for SHAPE’s constant support in implementing the measures corresponding to the advanced presence dedicated to the south-east of the allied territory, underscoring the maturity level reached by the South-East Multinational Brigade, as well as the allies’ contributions in implementing this presence,” the release shows.
Moreover, there was underlined Romania’s observing the commitment to allot 2 percent of the GDP to the defence sector and the solid political support for keeping this commitment on a long term.
“In the stability projection area, Minister Fifor voiced our country’s support on the same coordinates as so far, among which: keeping Romania’s contribution to the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan; support for the stabilisation of Iraq through Romania’s participation in the anti-DAESH Global Coalition; keeping the omnidirectional approach in granting allied support both to eastern and to southern partners,” the MApN release also shows.
In his turn, Scaparrotti thanked Romania for the significant contribution in respect to international security, through its constant and determined participation in the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, as well as in the KFOR mission in Kosovo.
Moreover, General Curtis Scaparrotti appreciated Romania’s efforts in terms of fair burden sharing within the Alliance and hailed Romania’s earmarking to the defence sector starting 2017 the optimum percentage agreed within NATO.
“In respect to the expectations for the July Summit, the two speakers agreed that the main message will aim at reconfirming the allies’ unity and solidarity in managing the current security challenges,” the release also mentions.
MApN: Main topics of discussion with Romanian officials, security on NATO’s Eastern flank
General Curtis M. Scaparrotii, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) on Wednesday paid an official visit to Romania in reply to an invitation extended to him by the Chief of the General Staff, General Nicolae Ciuca, on which occasion the two officials discussed about the recent developments on the Southern and Eastern flanks of NATO in terms of security.
Thus, the two officials approached topics related to the “developments of the security situation on the Southern and Eastern NATO flanks, and also in the extended Black Sea area and Western Balkans, the progresses recorded in the process of transformation of the Romanian Army, as well as the activities that are about to be carried out jointly by the Romanian military and troops of the Allied Forces in Europe, in 2018.”
They also discussed the details concerning the development of the military capabilities of the Romanian Army, which are generated by the allocation, for defence, of 2 per cent of the GDP, according to the abovementioned source.
General Nicolae Ciuca thanked general Curtis M. Scaparrotti for the support that Romania received with respect to the initiatives on the Southern flank of the Alliance and assured him of the Romanian Army’s support, as contributor to the Euro-Atlantic security and stability, informs MApN.