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January 25, 2022
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U.S. Ambassador Klemm hosts reception to mark the 242nd Anniversary of the Independence: I hope for an even stronger partnership as we together face the challenges, and the tremendous opportunities, that lie ahead. President Iohannis reiterates Iohannis reiterated “Romania’s determination to develop and expand the strategic partnership in all its dimensions”s

“For our part, we will seek to further broaden, strengthen and deepen the U.S.-Romania Strategic Partnership. We will continue to point to Romania as a model NATO Ally that is meeting, or exceeding, its commitments to the Alliance by investing in its defense, modernizing its capabilities, and contributing not only to regional security, but to transatlantic defense, and efforts to end conflicts in areas far, far away from Romania, such as Afghanistan.  Together we will preserve and strengthen transatlantic links”, the U.S. Ambassador to Bucharest Hans Klemm said on Friday evening  at the reception hosted by the Embassy to mark the 242nd Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America.

“We will continue our excellent law enforcement cooperation that ensures the safety and security of our citizens by fighting terrorism, organized crime, the trafficking of weapons, drugs, and persons, and the malign influence of hostile states.  We will collaborate to improve cyber security and defend against hybrid threats. We will promote American values and applaud Romania’s embrace of a democratic future and its consolidation of its democratic institutions, including an independent Judiciary,” he stated.

The diplomat pointed out that the US encourage Romania’s contributions to European energy security, including taking the necessary steps to enable strategic investments in Black Sea energy production, with its enormous potential of becoming a regional hub of energy production and supply.

In addition, he stressed his country commitment to support a stable, predictable, and transparent business and investment environment to attract American investors to Romania, grow trade between the two countries, and advance our mutual economic prosperity.

“In conclusion, as we celebrate American independence, the centenary of Romanian unity, and the friendship that has existed between America and Romania over these past 100 years, I hope for an even stronger partnership as we together face the challenges, and the tremendous opportunities, that lie ahead,” Klemm added.

He started his speech paying homage to the people who left a lasting mark on the history of both countries, who built bridges between Romania and the United States, and who enriched the lives of both Romanians and Americans.

“In 2018 we also celebrate Romania’s centennial, an event in which the United States is proud to have played a role, through President Woodrow Wilson’s reference to Romania in his famous Fourteen Points speech of January 1918, and his call for democracy and self determination.  It is therefore fitting that this year we also celebrate 100 years of friendship between our two countries”, the US Ambassador underlined.

In addition to President Wilson, Hans Klemm mentioned King Ferdinand, who led Romania through World War One, and Queen Maria, who represented Romania to the world very successfully in the aftermath of the war.  “At the Paris Peace Conference, in capitals throughout Europe, and later, visiting with President Coolidge and his wife in Washington, D.C., Queen Maria campaigned to ensure liberty and independence for her people,” Klemm emphasized.

He spoke also about George Enescu, “ a child prodigy and Romania’s most famous composer”.  “Compared often to Mozart, he made his American debut in 1923, conducting at Carnegie Hall.  He returned to the United States many times over the course of his career, bringing his music, his creativity, deeply influenced by Romanian folk traditions, to American audiences”.

The American Ambassador praised the personality of  Dr. Liviu Librescu: “Born in Ploiesti, he survived the Focsani ghetto in World War Two.  He later became a professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech University, where, in 2007, he gave his life, barricading his classroom door from a gunman while his students escaped through a window”.

Hans Klemm didn’t miss the opportunity to praise also Professor Matei Calinescu, who received a Fulbright scholarship and went to the U.S. in 1973.  “A novelist and literary critic, he became a professor of comparative literature at Indiana University, educating thousands of American students, not only about literature, but at least for me, about the wonders of the Romanian culture,” said the U.S. diplomat.

“Elie Wiesel, son of Sighetu and a survivor of the Holocaust, became a noted writer, political activist, and professor and led efforts to ensure that the memory of the Holocaust remains throughout the world, but especially in the U.S. and Romania.  In 1996 he received the Nobel Peace Prize as a “messenger to mankind,” who told us “of peace, atonement, and human dignity,” Hans Klemm told the audience.

Last but not least, he praised Nadia Comaneci, the first gymnast ever, male or female, to score perfect 10’s at the Olympics.  A multiple Olympic gold medalist, Nadia now train young athletes in the United States.

 

President Iohannis: Democracy should not be taken for granted; it must be strengthened and defended every day

 

Democracy should not be taken for granted, but it must be strengthened and defended every day, with all determination, President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday at an Independence Day celebration hosted by the US Embassy.

“We join our American friends and partners in the year of the Centennial of Modern Romania. The history of Romania – before 1989, and also in more recent events – reminds us constantly that democracy should not be taken for granted. Perhaps this is the most important lesson that we have to learn when we take stock of the 100 years of modernisation. Democracy must be strengthened and defended every day, with all determination in Romania, Europe and all over the world,” said Iohannis.

He underlined that unity and solidarity must be preserved on both sides of the Atlantic.

“The difficult times we are facing now can also draw attention to the need to preserve unity and solidarity between both sides of the Atlantic. Transatlantic relations are not only important for the common security and prosperity of the EU and the United States, but also for the core set of democratic values of the western community we are part of, because if the values underpinning our Western societies erode, then the substance of the transatlantic relationship itself is threatened,” added Iohannis.

He said that he is a firm supporter of the idea that to Romania strengthening the transatlantic partnership remains of vital importance, as the country is dedicated both to the European project and to the strategic partnership with the US.

“I am convinced that the presidency of the Council of the European Union, which Romania will assume in six months, will also be a great opportunity to promote and strengthen the transatlantic partnership, for which we all need to act consistently and resolutely. On the Independence Day of the United States, I want to assure our strategic partner that we are firmly committed to acting so that our country remains the same engaged, responsible and stable actor that respects its commitments – bilaterally and multilaterally – and reinforces its ability to be a security provider and project our common values in the region.”

Iohannis reiterated “Romania’s determination to develop and expand the strategic partnership in all its dimensions,” as agreed with President Donald Trump at a meeting at the White House one year ago.

“Co-operation between Romania and the United States on the political, military and security levels has reached an exceptional level. I also encourage the identification of creative and effective solutions to further strengthen the economic dimension, including through joint investment and business projects in strategic areas of mutual interest – such as energy,” said Iohannis.

He added that there is a need for stability, predictability and a strong and independent justice system.

“But in order for this goal to be possible, we need stability, predictability, a strong and independent justice system, transparent and accountable governance that respects the rule of law; all this is not an option, but the only choice we can make for a sound and strong Romania, a strategic partner of the United States of America and a member of the European Union and NATO, “said Iohannis.

The head of state thanked the US for the constant support to Romania on that sense. “You will always find in Romania an ally, a partner and a friend you can rely on,” Iohannis concluded.

 

 

 

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