On Thursday, Premier Viorica Dancila and House Speaker Liviu Dragnea met Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who welcomed the decision to accelerate domestic consultation on the relocation of the Romanian embassy to Jerusalem.
“The Romanian delegation, which is on a state visit to Israel and consists of House Speaker Liviu Dragnea, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, and Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu, was received by President of Israel Reuven Rivlin. During the talks, the traditional friendship ties between the two countries were evoked, consolidated during 70 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations. At the same time, also emphasised was the excellent level currently reached within the framework of cooperation between Romania and the State of Israel,” reads a press release remitted to MEDIAFAX.
According to the aforementioned source, the Romanian officials pointed out that deepening the cooperation with Israel represents a priority for our country, and reiterated the desire for new steps to be taken toward a strategic dimension of the bilateral relationship.
“The regional security situation held an important place on the agenda of the talks, a substantial exchange of opinions taking place regarding the conflict in Syria, the developments in the Iranian nuclear file, the situation in the Persian Gulf and the fight against terrorism. The House Speaker talked about the acceleration of domestic consultations on the relocation of the Romanian embassy to Jerusalem. The Israeli President welcomed this decision. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister informed the Israeli side that the Government has nominated the future Romanian ambassador to Israel, the decision to appoint him belonging to the President,” the Government communique reads.
Likewise, the Government also informs that a special topic on the agenda of the meeting consisted of the role that the community of Israelis from Romania played in the building of modern Israel and in the consolidation of relations between the two states.
Romania’s PM presented with Cross of Merit, highest distinction of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has been presented with a “Cross of Merit of the Holy Sepulcher Order,” the highest distinction of Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem , according to a press statement released on Thursday by the Romanian Government.
According to the statement, Dancila received the distinction at a meeting with Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem in Jerusalem on Thursday.
“The discussions highlighted the good relations between the Patriarchate of the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, as well as promoting tolerance and interdenominational dialogue, combating negative and dangerous stereotypes regarding religions, races and genders, as well as the security of Christians in conflict regions, especially in the Middle East and North Africa,” the statement said.
At the same time, Dancila commended the fact that Romanian pilgrims have always been allowed access to the holy places.
“The meeting was followed by a brief visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the place where Jesus Christ rose, considered the centre of Christendom.”
Also Thursday, Dancila met Archimandrite Teofil Anastasoaia, the representative of the Romanian Patriarchate at the Holy Places.
President Iohannis on Prime Minister’s visit to Israel: Dancila doesn’t speak for Romania, she didn’t leave with any kind of mandate
President Klaus Iohannis stated on Thursday that he is concerned with “the secrecy” of the Prime Minister Viorica Dancila’s visit to Israel and underscored that the PM doesn’t speak for Romania.
“This visit that the PM is paying to Israel and, it looks like the Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber too, has some peculiarities -they didn’t come for talks, the PM didn’t leave with any kind of mandate. Therefore, she only spoke on behalf and for the Government, and not for Romania. But this isn’t the thing that worried me most, but the secrecy in which this departure was organised. I have never seen before for a prime minister of Romania to leave for a foreign visit, announced late at night, right before the departure, without announcing the agenda, without letting us know what he/she is actually doing there. She can leave any time on a tourist visit, but if she leaves as the person who leads the Government she should know more,” Iohannis stated after touring the Aerostar-Grup Industrial Aeronautic Bacau.
He also talked about the visit to Israel of Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Liviu Dragnea.
“In respect to the Chamber Speaker’s visit, a greater secret. It was reported that he left there only upon his arrival there. I do not know what lies beneath this approach, who knows what kind of secret agreements is doing there Mr Dragnea with the Jews,” the head of state said.
Klaus Iohannis voiced hope that upon their return to the country, PM Viorica Dancila and the Chamber Speaker will explain what have they been doing there.
“I hope that, upon their return, they will have the common sense of explaining to the Romanians what were they there for,” he added.
When asked about how is he going to manage the issue with the Government in respect to foreign policy, he responded: “I’ll find a solution.”
When asked if there have been any consultation regarding the relocation of Romania’s Embassy of Israel, the President said that Liviu Dragnea consulted “in front of the mirror,” in the context in which the Gov’t mentioned in a release that during PM Dancila’s meeting with Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, also attended by Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu and Dragnea,” the Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber talked about speeding-up the internal consultations regarding the relocation of Romania’s Embassy to Jerusalem.”
“I imagine that Mr Dragnea talked and consulted in front of the mirror,” Iohannis stated.
Chamber of Deputies: Proposal on relocating Romania’s Embassay to Jerusalem on discussions agenda of Romania’s delegation with Israel’s President and PM
The proposal regarding the relocation of Romania’s Embassy to Jerusalem taking into account the internal consultation, the strengthening of bilateral cooperation, the military and strategic area were included on the agenda of the talks between the Romanian delegation with the President and Prime Minister of the State of Israel.
According to a release of the Chamber of Deputies, Speaker Liviu Dragnea, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu had a meeting on Thursday with Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, occasioned by the visit of the Romanian delegation to Israel.
“Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber stated that he endorses the proposal regarding the relocation of Romania’s Embassy to Jerusalem, taking into account the internal consultations. The decision was hailed by Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila conveyed to the Israeli side that the Government proposed the future ambassador of Romania to Israel, but the appointment decision rests with the president. The Romanian officials showed that one of our country’s priorities is strengthening the bilateral cooperation and reiterated the wish to make progresses towards the strategic dimension of the Romanian-Israeli relationship. During the talks, the important role of the Israeli community of Romanian ancestry in building the modern state of Israel, as well as in strengthening the relations between the two countries was highlighted,” reads the release.
On Thursday also, Speaker Liviu Dragnea met with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Chamber of Deputies informs that the discussions focused on assessing the Romanian-Israeli bilateral relations in the context of celebrating 70 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations, with an emphasis on identifying new opportunities to additionally capitalise on co-operation in areas of shared interest.
A special attention was granted to the military area and discussions on strategy. The meeting also reaffirmed the interest in strengthening cooperation in the area of new technologies, with an emphasis on the cyber security sector.
The relocation of Romania’s Embassy to Jerusalem was also on the meeting agenda. In this context, the Israeli PM hailed the launching by the Government in Romania, of the domestic debates on this topic. Another topic tacked during the talks was connected to the structured inter-parliamentary dialogue (P2P) between Romania and Israel, throughout 2018, giving that there will take place several contacts at parliamentary delegations and also between different parliamentary committees of the two countries.
The two officials also underscored the valuable contribution brought to the bilateral relationship by the Israeli community originating from Romania and the Romanian community in Israel. In this context, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies reiterated Romania’s commitment to sanction all forms of anti-Semitism and denial of the Holocaust,” the press release mentions.