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ForMin Melescanu at the meeting of the NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels: Romania will maintain its active profile, significant presence in Afghanistan in 2019

Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu stressed on Wednesday, on the second day of the meeting of the NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels that our country will continue to maintain its active profile and significant presence in the theater of operations in Afghanistan in 2019 too.

According to a release of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) on Wednesday, the works of the second day of the meeting in Brussels began with a working session on Western Balkan attended by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, the developments in the region were analysed on this occasion and the state and perspectives of NATO relations with the partners in the area were discussed.

“The progresses of NATO’s” open door “policy were welcomed, notably the conclusion of the Prespa Agreement and the start of NATO’s accession negotiations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Allies also presented readiness to accept, by the authorities from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the first Membership Action Plan (MAP)’s from Sarajevo, if they would like to benefit from this NATO membership preparation tool. Also agreed was the need to increase NATO’s support for the states in the region, endorsing their reform efforts and fighting security challenges in the region,” the MAE said.

According to the same source, the Romanian Minister stressed the need for a constructive commitment of all regional actors, in line with the assumed obligations and avoiding initiatives that could increase tensions and negatively affect regional security. He also emphasised the importance of a unitary message and synergy of action between NATO and the EU in the region, which Romania will continue to support, including during the Presidency of the EU Council.

“The final ministerial session was dedicated to the situation in Afghanistan in the format of the participants in the Resolute Support (RSM) mission. On this occasion, it was reconfirmed the commitment to Afghanistan by continuing the operational effort within the RSM mission, by providing the necessary funding for the Afghan security and defence forces and by supporting the process of internal reconciliation. The Romanian Foreign Minister stressed that our country will continue to maintain its active profile and significant presence in Afghanistan’s theater of operations next year. At the end of the works, a joint statement on the RSM format regarding Afghanistan was adopted,” the release mentions

During the day, the Romanian Minister had a meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell, during which an exchange of views on the status and prospects of the bilateral relationship on all its components – political, economic and security was carried out, as well as talks regarding the developments in the Black Sea region, in the current context, but also ways of managing the challenges of the area.

Another tackled aspect was the cooperation during the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, with the Romanian Foreign Minister reiterating the crucial importance of the transatlantic relationship and the support for the deepening of the NATO-the EU relationship in all areas of common interest, the MAE release mentions.

 

ForMin  Melescanu in Brussels pinpoints importance of continuing NATO adjustment process to current security challenges

 

The importance of continuing NATO’s adjustment process to the current security challenges in a comprehensive manner, as regards the Alliance’s Eastern flank included, was pinpointed on Tuesday by the Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu, at the meetings of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Brussels, a release issued by the ministry informs.

The working sessions started with a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers with their counterparts from Georgia and Ukraine dedicated to the Black Sea security situation, this being the second meeting in this format in 2018, after the one in July’s high-level Summit.

Teodor Melescanu stressed the need to strengthen the NATO role in the Black Sea region, restated the commitment and support to the two partner states, backing NATO’s decision to continue a substantial pledge as regards the political dialogue and the practical cooperation with Georgia and Ukraine.

The Romanian chief diplomat emphasized the importance of furthering the adjustment process of the North-Atlantic Alliance to the current security challenges, in a comprehensive manner, as regards NATO’s Eastern Flank, included. He voiced support for the ministerial declaration, adopted at the meeting, of NATO’s solidarity with the USA regarding Washington’s conclusion regarding the violation by the Russian Federation of the Intergovernmental Nuclear Force Treaty (INF), the release reads.

The minister also underlined the importance to ensure the complementarity of the projects unfolded in the EU in the security and defence sectors with those developed within NATO, mentioning the attention to be granted to the enhancement of the NATO-EU synergy during the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union held by Romania as of 1 January 2019.

On the sidelines of the meeting, the Romanian chief diplomat had a series of bilateral talks with counterparts from NATO allied and partner states. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Teodor Melescanu discussed about aspects on the cooperation between Romania and Canada within NATO, the Romanian minister thanking for the contribution of Canada to the tailored forward presence in Romania, in particular in the air police field. They have also addressed aspects regarding the cooperation between the two states within the United Nations and the peace-keeping operations, as well as bilaterally.

In a bilateral talk with the chief diplomat of the Macedonian Gov’t, Nikola Dimitrov, Teodor Melescanu addressed the stage and the perspectives of implementing the Prespa Agreement and the efforts of the Skopje authorities to integrate within NATO. Minister Dimitrov thanked for Romania’s ceaseless support to his country’s efforts to integrate within NATO and the EU.

Teodor Melescanu and his Georgian counterpart David Zalkaliani had an exchange of opinions on the Black Sea regional security developments and the efforts of the Tbilisi authorities to integrate within NATO. Minister Melescanu reasserted Romania’s constant and palpable support for the Georgian side’s efforts, also tackling the possibilities to consolidate the bilateral cooperation between the two countries, from the regional outlook included, the MAE release reads.

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