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Deputy PM Birchall at the US State Department:We’ll strengthen the excellent cooperation so far within Strategic Partnership

Deputy Prime Minister Ana Birchall reconfirmed, while on an official visit to the US, the firm commitment of Romania’s Government to further develop the relationship with the US on all the dimensions of the Strategic Partnership.

According to a Government release on Tuesday, within Deputy PM Birchall’s official visit to the US, she had meetings with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the US State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Elisabeth Millard, Deputy Assistant Secretaries of the US State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs G. Boyse and Julie Fisher, with the three of them being the persons in charge of the relationship with Romania. The meeting took place on the sidelines of participating in the meeting of the Global Coalition against ISIL/ Daesh, hosted by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Within the meeting with the US officials, topics of interest included on the bilateral agenda were tackled, such as the organisation of the Romania-US Strategic Dialogue, the latest meeting having taken place in Bucharest in June 2018. In this context, Ana Birchall reconfirmed the firm commitment of Romania’s Gov’t, led by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, to further develop the relation with the US on all the dimensions of the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership for the 21st century between Romania and the US, the release shows.

“The Strategic Partnership with the US is one of the main pillars of Romania’s foreign policy and, as we committed through the 2018-2020 governing programme, the development and strengthening of this partnership represent a priority for us,” Ana Birchall mentioned.

Both parties particularly commended the direct communication, as well as the intensification of the bilateral dialogue in 2018, agreeing to continue it in 2019, too.

“Furthermore, we want to strengthen the economic dimension of our strategic partnership at the excellent level of the cooperation existing in the security and defence area, including by boosting some new bilateral cooperation opportunities, for instance, the cinematography industry. The growth of the US investments in Romania and the continuation of positive developments in the commercial relations between our countries remain priority objectives of the Dancila Government,” Deputy PM Ana Birchall stated during the meeting.

Moreover, also discussed were Romania’s priorities while holding the EU Council Presidency, as well as the cooperation opportunities with the US side in view of promoting the common objectives on the transatlantic agenda. “The Transatlantic Partnership remains essential for the security and prosperity of both coasts of the Atlantic, strengthening the US presence in the Black Sea region being of strategic importance,” Birchall mentioned, when referring to the complexity of the current security challenges.

Deputy PM Birchall highlighted both the necessity to promote a boosted transatlantic trade partnership and the demarches of Romania’s Government to improve the business climate of Romania, to promote new bilateral and regional cooperation opportunities, with a strengthened US presence, including within the interconnection projects promoted by the Three Seas Initiative, the quoted source also mentions.

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