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ForMin Melescanu discusses with Foreign Ministers of Arab states, on sidelines of EU-LAS ministerial meeting

Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu discussed on Monday in Brussels with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on topics related to regional issues, as well as related to the future European Union – the League of Arab States (LAS) Summit, which will take place in Egypt between 24 and 25 February, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs.

According to a MAE release, in the discussion with the Egyptian counterpart, on the sidelines of the EU- LAS ministerial meeting, Minister Melescanu tackled aspects regarding the future bilateral agenda, with an emphasis on boosting cooperation at economic-political and sectoral levels. Both dignitaries concluded that the future meeting of the Joint Committee on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, which is to take place at the end of February in Cairo, will represent a good opportunity in view of intensifying the sectorial cooperation in areas of shared interest.

The two ministers also tackled the cooperation at multilateral level and exchanged views on topics related to regional issues.

Melescanu also met on Monday with head of Iraqi diplomacy Mohamed Ali Alhakim, with both parties welcoming the special friendship relation between Romania and Iraq. The dignitaries also reconfirmed the common interest for strengthening the bilateral cooperation relations, in their entirety. Minister Teodor Melescanu reiterated Romania’s commitment to maintaining support for the Republic of Iraq within the Global anti ISIL/Daesh Coalition.

Within a bilateral meeting with Yemeni counterpart Khaled Hussein Alyemany, the heads of both diplomacies exchanged views over the developments in Yemen, occasion on which the Romanian Minister voiced concern regarding the escalation of violence in the region and voiced Romania’s belief regarding the crucial importance of the political dialogue in view of solving the conflict. Melescanu conveyed his counterpart that, during Romania’s Presidency at the EU Council, Romania will actively get involved in all the EU demarches to solve, at political level, the conflict in Yemen.

On the occasion of the meeting with Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Gebran Bassil, Romanian Minister Melescanu reiterated Romania’s support for the unity, integrity and sovereignty of Lebanon, as well as for the European and international initiatives dedicated to strengthening the stability of this state. Equally, the two officials discussed about the future agenda of the bilateral relation, the good cooperation within international organisations and tackled regional and international topics of interest.

Moreover, on the sidelines of the meeting, Teodor Melescanu also carried out short talks with his Palestinian and Libyan counterparts regarding aspects of bilateral cooperation. In the discussions with the Kuwaiti Foreign Affairs Minister there was an exchange of views on the regional agenda and at the meeting with the Saudi State Minister subjects of interest were tackled from the perspective of Romania holding the Presidency at the EU Council, the MAE release mentions.

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