DIPLOMACY

ForMin Melescanu meets UN Secretary General Guterres

In a meeting in New York on Friday with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the side-lines of UN high-level meetings, Romania’s Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu mentioned the need for reform of the United Nations.

According to a press statement released on Saturday by Romania’s Foreign Ministry, the head of Romanian diplomacy reiterated Romania’s commitment to multilateralism in general and to the role of the UN in particular.

He also voiced interest in developing co-operation with the UN from the perspective of Romania’s presidency of the EU Council.

He mentioned the need for UN reform and voiced support for the measures initiated by the UN secretary-general, especially with a view to increasing the efficiency and transparency of the organisation. The two officials also highlighted the need to strengthen the role of the UN in climate change and sustainable development.

MAE also said that during the discussions, Guterres thanked Romania for its support to the UN. He also praised Romania for its performance in chairing the UN Peacebuilding Commission in 2018 and for the job done by the emergency transit centre for refugees in Timisoara.

Also on Friday, Melescanu had a meeting with UK’s Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

According to MAE, the two dignitaries expressed a shared desire to continue, in the post-Brexit period, bilateral co-operation on multiple levels within the strategic partnership between the two nations, including the presence of Romanian nationals in the UK.

“Irrespective of Britain’s choice in the near future, the British official said that the relationship with Romania, as well as that with the European Union overall, will remain very important. He also expressed the commitment of the United Kingdom to take over and further promote topics of interest to the EU on the UN Security Council’s agenda.

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