Dancila, Pelosi address cooperation in security and parliamentary component

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, during a visit to the United States, an occasion for the Romanian dignitary to thank for the attention of the American Legislature to further strengthening solidarity at NATO level and to ensuring security of the Eastern Allies.

According to a communiqué issued t on Tuesday night by the Government, the meeting was the first in more than 10 years between a Romanian high dignitary and the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.

“On this occasion, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila expressed satisfaction with the excellent level of the bilateral political dialogue and the desire to deepen it, including on the parliamentary component. Premier Viorica Dancila delivered the invitation addressed to Mrs. Pelosi by the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Liviu Dragnea, to pay an official visit to Romania. Both senior officials expressed their interest in intensifying contacts at the level of the Romanian Parliament and the US Congress,” the release adds.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated support for a robust transatlantic relationship as an essential premise for ensuring common security and prosperity. She also thanked the US Legislature for further strengthening NATO’s solidarity and ensuring the security of the Eastern Allies.

The Romanian high dignitary noted the ascending evolution of bilateral co-operation in the security field, including by the enforcement of an ambitious programme of endowment of the Romanian armed forces and the significant increase in trade over the last year.

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi thanked Romania for the help given by our country to strengthening its relationship with the US and gave assurances that there is strong transatlantic support for NATO in the US Legislature. Nancy Pelosi believes that strengthening relations between Romanian and US lawmakers will make an important contribution to enhancing a transatlantic alliance based on shared values and interests, the source said.


“Meetings I have had in US have put Romania back on world map”


Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said that the meetings she had with US officials during the visit to the United States on March 23-26 “took Romania back on the world map”.

“There were very good meetings here in Washington, I had a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence, with the Secretary of Commerce, Ross (Wilbur), and with the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and also with Prime Minister Netanyahu. The participation in AIPAC was very important, which is a natural thing in the context of Romania’s holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU and given that we have initiated the Presidency with an event dedicated to the fight against anti-Semitism in Brussels and will be closing with a similar event, this time in Bucharest. The meetings were good and, in my opinion, all these meetings, all these discussions have put Romania back on the world map and I say this in a positive context, given the appreciations about our country and the government here, from the United States of America,” Viorica Dancila told on Tuesday night a telephone interview at Romania TV private broadcaster.

The prime minister reiterated that the US is “the strategic partner that assures the security of Romania” and that the return to Romania represents “a comeback with great things” for the country.

Asked what results on the economic side she brings back to the country, Dancila replied: “I come with good news, I have had a meeting with representatives of the big companies in the United States, everyone has shown their openness to come and invest in Romania, in a short time they will come to Romania, we will have a discussion with them so that some will expand their investments and others will have new investments in Romania.”

“I was pleased with one other thing, I was pleased with the trust they have in the Government of Romania, in the Government of the PSD-ALDE Alliance,” Dancila further affirmed.

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