Present in Bucharest on Wednesday to attend the opening session of the first Parliamentary Summit of the Bucharest Format (B9), the President of the French Senate Gerard Larcher has also had a series of bilateral talks with high officials of the Romanian State, a good opportunity to review issues of common interest for Romania and France.
The French official was welcomed at Cotroceni Presidential Palace by President Klaus Iohannis , the discussions focusing on the security agenda, the strengthening of bilateral cooperation, including from a parliamentary perspective, the European agenda and international issues.
“As to the situation in Syria, the Senate’s President Gerard Larcher thanked for the Romanian President’s statement supporting the US, France and United Kingdom. President Klaus Iohannis pleaded for a stronger and more active involvement of the EU in solving the conflicts in its neighborhood,” the Presidential Administration said in a statement.
The head of state also welcomed the presence of the President of the French Senate at the Parliamentary Meeting of the Bucharest Format (B9), given that this format does not only refer to the countries of NATO’s Eastern Flank, but also contributes to the strengthening of the entire Alliance.
The President of the French Senate stressed the need for a balanced approach on the Alliance’s Southern and Eastern Flanks, from the perspective of the concept of defense solidarity.
“President Klaus Iohannis highlighted the excellent level of the bilateral relationship characterized by the increasingly stronger Romania-France Strategic Partnership, as well as the special relations developed personally with his French counterpart. In this context, the President of Romania emphasized the deep historical links between the two states, as well as their citizens’, highlighted the significant contribution made by France to the edification of the modern Romanian state which is celebrating this year the Centenary of the Great Union,” the release reads.
The two senior officials have expressed their support for the Romania-France Season – a large-scale cultural and diplomacy project that Presidents Klaus Iohannis and Emmanuel Macron will inaugurate this autumn – to be a success in terms of promoting the current image of the two states.
At the same time, President Iohannis and the French official welcomed the positive dynamic of the bilateral economic relations.
At European level, the French official appreciated Romania’s balanced approach to migration policy. In this context, the Romanian head of state highlighted the fact that migration policy, along with securing borders, are two major concerns to which European citizens expect concrete solutions from decision makers.
As far as the future of Europe is concerned, the two senior officials have agreed on the need to avoid the creation within the EU of concentric circles that act as new division walls within the continent.
Other files of common interest, including the subject of the EU’s relations with Russia, have also been addressed.
Senate Speaker Tariceanu stresses importance of deepening strategic partnership between the two states
President of the Senate, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, stressed on Wednesday, during the meeting with the President of the Senate of the Republic of France, Gerard Larcher, the importance of renewing and deepening the partnership between the two states, on the strategic side, of the industrial cooperation and of exchanges in education, science and technology.
“The President of the Romanian Senate highlighted the fact that the First Parliamentary Summit of the Bucharest Format represents, in the context of current geopolitical realities, an important element of the multilateral parliamentary diplomacy. He expressed his satisfaction that the President of the French Senate responded to the invitation to participate in the opening of this event, the mutual knowledge of the defense and security realities in the bilateral parliamentary cooperation between the NATO member states being important. Mr. Tariceanu pointed out that the B9 parliamentary pillar promotes the NATO agenda, facilitating the convergent approach through strengthening the role of national Parliaments in security and defense issues,” a press release from the Senate press office informs.
Calin Popescu-Tariceanu welcomed the phase of the very close bilateral relations between Romania and France and highlighted the importance of their parliamentary component.
“The President of the Romanian Senate has emphasized the fact that Romania and France have a strategic partnership based on historical, cultural and linguistic ties and share a common vision of a united, strong and solidarity-based Europe. He has shown the importance of renewing and deepening the partnership between the two states on the strategic side of industrial cooperation and exchanges in education, science and technology. The discussions also tackled topics such as the France-Romania Season (1 December 2018 – 14 July 2019), the participation of France in the ceremonies to be held in Romania for the celebration of the Centenary, the European agenda, as well as the cooperation in the field of security and defense,” the press release also reads.