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Romania, Poland sign bilateral agreement on war graves

An Agreement concluded between Romania and the Government of the Polish Republic on war graves was signed on Friday in Warsaw, by the Romanian Minister of National Defence, Mihai Fifor, and the Vice-President of the Polish Council of Ministers, Piotr Glinski, also Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

“This is an important step in regulating collaboration at bilateral level in the war graves and commemorative war monuments field, by ensuring the necessary legal framework for the arrangement, maintenance and protection of burial places and monuments of heroes who died in armed conflicts. Moreover, the document also has a symbolic signification, for it fulfills the duty of honouring the memory of our ancestors,” Mihai Fifor wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.

Minister Fifor had a meeting with his Polish counterpart, Mariusz Blaszczak, in which context they highlighted the dynamic pace of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and Poland, in the defence field, the prospects of cooperation within NATO and the EU, as well as aspects related to the bilateral military relations, reads a Defence Ministry (MApN) release.

On this occasion, they granted a special attention to the harmonization of national stands in preparing the agenda for the NATO Summit that will take place in Brussels this July.

“In this context, Minister Mihai Fifor pointed out how important it is to establish the Black Sea region for strengthening the entire allied Eastern Flank and also the establishment of the Euro-Atlantic Area, in general, considering the complex and unpredictable security climate in the region,” reads the same release.

Moreover, they highlighted the very good relations existing between the Romanian and Polish armies, the major contribution of the two states to securing a credible deterrence and defence position in the entire Eastern Flank of the North-Atlantic Alliance. In this context, they talked about the importance of continuing efforts to increase inter-operability level between the allied armies, including through the intensification of exercises in the Black Sea and in the Baltic Sea.

The two officials agreed on intensifying consultations on topical issues for both parties, including regarding their cooperation in the technical-military field and defence industry.

Mihai Fifor participated in the joint sitting of the Romanian and Polish government, held in Warsaw on Friday.

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