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ForMin Aurescu, heard in the joint sitting of Senate Foreign Affairs and Defence committees: So far, interests of Romania, Romanian citizens not affected by situation in Iraq, ME region

Until now, the interest of Romania and of the Romanian citizens were not affected by the current situation in Iraq and the Middle East region, stated, on Wednesday, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, at the Parliament venue, during the hearing in the joint sitting of the select Foreign Affairs and Defence committees alongside Defence Minister Nicolae Ciuca on the Middle East situation.

Referring to this situation, Aurescu said that “there are serious concerns” and an escalation of the conflict may affect the regional situation.

“Up to now, the interests of Romania and of the Romanian citizens were not directly affected,” he said, according to Agerpres.

Furthermore, Aurescu emphasized that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is monitoring the situation of the Romanian citizens in the region.

In regards to Romania’s position towards the conflict in the Middle East, “Romania has coordinated and will continue to coordinate with partners in the EU and NATO,” the minister stated.

“I want to mention from the beginning that each time the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pronounced on this subject, it was not just the position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but the position of Romania, all these positions were discussed, approved at the Government level and, respectively, at the level of the Romanian President,” he pointed out.

At the level of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU “pretty strong opinions were voiced regarding the necessity for Iran to continue respecting the Nuclear Treaty,” said the minister referring to the current situation, and mentioned the eventual sending in the region of a mission led by the High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security of the European Union.


Romania’s Embassy in Baghdad to be relocated


Romania’s Embassy in Baghdad is to be relocated, with a new ambassador to Iraq to be appointed, on Wednesday said Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu.

“The Romanian Embassy in Baghdad is in full relocation process. We have in this year’s budget the necessary money for a new location of the Embassy of Romania in Baghdad and we’ll take that for this process to take place as fast as possible and furthermore, we will consider appointing another ambassador of Romania to Iraq, too,” minister Aurescu stated.

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