President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday welcomed to the Cotroceni Presidential Palace US Attorney General William Barr, with the latter underscoring the importance of Romania remaining a predictable, stable and accountable ally that promotes democratic values and the rule of law.
“The US official expressed great appreciation for the solidity of the strategic partnership with Romania, which is the most trusted ally of the US in the region, with bilateral relations that are very close not only in terms of defence and security co-operation, but also in terms of law enforcement, including the cyberspace. The US Attorney General highlighted the importance of Romania remaining a predictable, stable and responsible ally that observes and promotes democratic values and the rule of law. In this context, Attorney General William Barr expressed his strong appreciation and support of the United States of America for the firm stance and strong efforts of President Klaus Iohannis in supporting the rule of law, combating corruption and strengthening an independent, fair and transparent judiciary to the benefit of citizens,” the Presidential Administration said in a press statement.
According to the same source, Iohannis praised the substance and dynamics of the strategic partnership between Romania and the United States, which has become increasingly strong in recent years, reiterating Romania’s and his personal consistent commitment to deepening all the dimensions of the partnership: politics, defence and security, but also in the field of legal co-operation and the rule of law. He also pointed to the need for economic co-operation to reach the same level of excellence.
“The President of Romania mentioned the recent European elections and a referendum on justice matters that demonstrated that Romanian citizens are deeply attached to democratic values and they understand the importance of an independent and efficient judiciary, without which there can be no functional democracy,” according to the Presidential Administration.
Barr and Iohannis also exchanged views on the excellent results of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council and the prospects for trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States of America.
In meeting with AG Barr, PM Dancila mentions her Gov’t determination to strengthen relations with US
At a meeting on Tuesday with visiting US Attorney General William Barr, Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced the determination of her government to strengthen relations with the USA, with Romania being a supporter of co-operation between the United States and the European Union.
“The Romanian government and the Romanian society are deeply attached to the European and Western values. To the Romanians and their national government, the future of our country is in the European Union, along with its strategic partners, with the US being a priority,” Dancila is quoted as saying in a press statement released by the Romanian Government.
During the meeting, Dancila called for the US Attorney General’s support for the inclusion of Romania in the Visa Waver Program, an issue under the attention of Romanian authorities.
She also pointed out that the Romanian Government is committed to finding the best solutions for the further reform of the judiciary and criminal legislation, in line with Romania’s international commitments, but also with recommendations in the report on Romania’s progress under the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), the Venice Commission and GRECO, as well as the US recommendations.
At the same time, Romania is committed to continuing its strategic partnership with the US in the field of international judicial co-operation in criminal matters and to intensifying such co-operation through a continuous dialogue and a positive approach.