Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad Malki expressed his hope that the relationship between Palestine and the EU will be a priority objective of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The discussions that took place at the level of the colleagues in the two delegations, Romanian and Palestinian, were positive, addressed a lot of problems that indicate the willingness of both parties to deepen and expand relationships in different fields. I am very happy and very satisfied with the conclusions of this meeting, I am happy that we have been able to contribute to the signing of the two agreements in the field of education and culture, and, as you have said, they are added to the other agreements that we have signed (…) at the consultations which we had in the past and in which we tackled many issues relating not only to current relations but also to the possibility of extending them further in all areas, Riad Malki said on Friday in Bucharest during a joint statement with Romanian counterpart Teodor Melescanu.
The Palestinian minister voiced optimism about the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council.
“We are optimistic about the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of next year and we hope that the relationship between Palestine and the EU will be a priority objective of the Romanian Presidency in the course of this process and we are ready to study together with you the possibility and the way to boost the political process that been halted for a few years. We agree with you about the importance of the solution of the two states being the best solution at present for peace with Israel, but it must come through political negotiations directly under the broad international umbrella, and to take into account all the political data of this issue and all that has been established in this regard , and also that these negotiations should take place within an acceptable time horizon so as to end the Israeli occupation and to lead to the building of the independent Palestinian state with the capital in East Jerusalem as part of the solution of the two states, Israel and Palestine, which live together in peace and security. We reaffirm our commitment to all international decisions and international law, and we want to see that the political process is revived and restarted during the Romanian Presidency”, said Riad Malki.
The Palestinian minister reaffirmed that the meeting with the Romanian side is a very important one.
“Very many eyes were watching this meeting, waiting to see the results. That’s why we are very proud of the results we have achieved, we hope that the Romanian-Palestinian relationship will be a special one and be a model for the relationships that should link two independent states and two friendly peoples, as is the case with Romania and Palestine. We would like to have the opportunity to welcome you and other Romanian ministries in Palestine during the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Committee”, said Riad Malki.
Melescanu: Meeting of Romanian-Palestinian Intergovernmental Committee, proof of Romania’s firm commitment to Palestine’s institutional building
The third meeting of the Romanian-Palestinian Intergovernmental Committee (CIG III) is clear proof of Romania’s firm commitment to Palestine’s institutional building, an essential objective in the sustainable, political settlement of the conflict in Middle East, Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu said.
“This event bears witness to the high level reached by the Romanian-Palestinian dialogue, the good cooperation in various areas of mutual interest, and the importance we attach here in Bucharest to the relationship with Palestine. It is also clear proof of Romania’s firm commitment to the institutional building of Palestine, an essential objective in the sustainable and political settlement of the conflict in the Middle East. The third meeting of the Romanian-Palestinian Intergovernmental Committee represented a very good opportunity to review the main aspects of our cooperation, the results of the second meeting held in 2014 in Bucharest, and to identify the best means by which we can develop and boost our relations for the benefit of both peoples. Both myself and the other members of the Romanian Government have reaffirmed our country’s willingness to collaborate with Palestine in various areas of interest, such as social justice and labor, agriculture, economy, emergency situation and environmental management so that we can confidently declare that the works of this intergovernmental committee were truly fruitful,” Teodor Melescanu said in a joint statement held alongside Palestine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Dr. Riad Malki.
The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs also reaffirmed Romania’s entire support “for the just and lasting settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through direct negotiations leading to the implementation of the solution of the two states, Israel and Palestine, coexisting at peace and in peace security, as the only viable option and able to guarantee the fulfillment of the aspirations of the two countries.”
He mentioned that a program of cooperation was signed at the event between the Ministry of Culture and National Identity of Romania and the Ministry of Culture of Palestine.
“In this respect, we must not forget that investing in human resources is one of the most important investments. The Romanian Government has granted and will continue to grant scholarships in the fields of medicine, engineering, emergency situations and many others” said Minister Melescanu.
The Romanian minister has also referred to the performance of the Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication (SMURD) in our country.
“As it is known, in Romania, we have a highly appreciated service, both nationally and internationally, created by Dr. Raed Arafat, a Romanian citizen of Palestinian origin, an institution that already shares its know-how with its Palestinian partners. Moreover, based on the success of the specialization course at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Targu Mures in 2013, the representatives of the Department for Emergency Situations in Romania have forwarded within our works in this intergovernmental committee the proposal to revitalize this program in the future as well,” Melescanu said.
The event was also attended, among others, by Romanian Minister of Culture and National Identity Daniel Breaz and the head of Emergency Situations Department, Raed Arafat.
The third meeting of the Romanian-Palestinian Intergovernmental Committee (CIG III) represents a form of cooperation belonging to Romania’s demarches to support the development and consolidation of the Palestinian institutions.
Romanian-Palestinian protocol on cultural cooperation, inked at MAE
Minister of Culture and National Identity Daniel Breaz and Palestinian Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Minister Riad Malki Friday inked a cooperation document on culture and education between Romania and Palestine at the seat of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE).
The signing ceremony took place at the end of the third meeting of the Romanian-Palestinian Intergovernmental Committee (CIG III).
“I can tell you that today is an extremely important moment for Romania and, of course, for Palestine, given the relations between the two states. The fact that there is a close bond between Palestine and Romania through the communities, of both Romanians and Palestinians, the Romanians living and forming an extremely important community in Palestine, respectively the Palestinians in Romania, compels us, in a way, to have such cultural relations. Traditions must be respected, everything that means culture and common culture must be promoted. I hope that after the signing of this protocol, these relations, including from an official point of view, will develop and I am firmly convinced that the diplomatic relations and cultural relations and educational relations between Romania and Palestine will be a good omen and will continue, so that the two peoples get as close as possible from these points of view,” said Daniel Breaz after the signing ceremony of the protocol on the Romanian-Palestinian cooperation program in the fields of culture and education.
Senate’s Tariceanu: “Two-state solution,” Israel, Palestine, the only one that can solve conflict
Senate President Calin Popescu Tariceanu on Friday reiterated at the meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Palestine, Riad Malki, Romania’s standpoint related to the comprehensive solving in the long run of the conflict between Israel and Palestine, namely the implementation of the “two-state solution,” Israeli and Palestine, to coexist in peace and security, as the “only viable solution that could guarantee the meeting of both parties’ aspirations.”
According to a press release sent by the Senate to AGERPRES on Friday, during the dialogue, the President of the Senate evoked the traditional friendship between the two states and how important the relation with Palestine is for Romania. In this respect, he underscored the cooperation potential for strengthening the institutional capacity of the Palestinian side in fields such as education, culture, internal affairs and civil protection, healthcare and agriculture.
The meeting represented also an occasion for the Palestinian dignitary to present the recent developments in his region and the future perspective of the Peace Process in the Middle East, mentions the same release.