On the occasion of the celebration of 70 years from the establishment of the State of Israel, through the Declaration of Independence, and of uninterrupted diplomatic relations between our two countries, we have the pleasure to reiterate Romania’s commitment to broaden and deepen the bilateral cooperation between our countries in all fields of common interest and to convey to the Israeli people our most sincere congratulations along with the best wishes for peace and prosperity.
Romania and the State of Israel share a relationship of natural partnership, with Israel being one of our country’s long lasting friends. As it is well known, Romania was one of the first countries that recognized and established diplomatic relations with the State of Israel, in 1948. The year 2018 bears a special significance as it marks 70 years of continuous diplomatic relations, the 100th anniversary of the creation of modern Romania and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.
Our strong bilateral partnership is based on mutual trust and on the shared history of Romania and Israel. In this context, we would like to remind you the contribution that the community of Israelis originating from Romania had in strengthening the bilateral relation between our two countries. Even though they emigrated from Romania, they continued to keep their connection with the country of origin, acting as a bridge between our cultures. We place great value on these communities and we encourage the growth of people-to-people contacts, as a mean to bring our two countries ever close. We take this opportunity to thank the Israelis of Romanian origins for their continuous effort and perseverance towards strengthening the socio-economic exchanges between our countries.
Regarding our cooperation in the area of international affairs, Israel and Romania have convergent interests and share the same common values. The fruitful dialogue between our Ministries of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic missions, in capitals, as well as in third countries and regional or international organizations, stands proof of the strong political commitment of both sides to develop the bilateral cooperation.
Romania also held the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) between March 2016 and March 2017. On 26 May 2016, IHRA adopted the working definition of antisemitism. We are proud to declare that the Chairmanship reflected our commitment to the commemoration of the Holocaust victims and the fight against anti-Semitism and xenophobia.
Considering that Romania will hold the Presidency of the EU Council in the first semester of 2019, we are pleased to say that we will continue to use our important expertise in Middle Eastern affairs in order to determine a constructive EU position in the Southern Neighbourhood.
On this occasion of celebration and joy – Yom Ha’atzmaut, the Independence Day of the State of Israel – we would like to convey to all the people of the State of Israel our heartfelt thoughts of peace and prosperity!