President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday met with ambassadors accredited to Bucharest to whom he presented the main foreign policy guidelines for 2020, with a focus on consolidating and expanding the Strategic Partnership with the United States and increasing the role and effectiveness of Romania in the European Union and NATO.
On this occasion t, the head of state ensured ambassadors he would continue to make efforts in 2020 as well in order for Romania to remain a vector of stability and a promoter of democracy.
“Romania will contribute to the strengthening of the European project based on an honest and open partnership with all Member States and European institutions”, Iohannis told the heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Bucharest.
“As a constant supporter of the idea of a stronger Europe, we will contribute to the strengthening of the European project based on an honest and open partnership with all the Member States and with the European institutions. We will work towards a stronger, more united, more competitive and more inclusive Union, safer and more readily understandable for all its citizens,” said the president, recalling that these were the main messages of the Declaration in Sibiu, during the Summit on May 9, 2019.
He also said that Romania intends to become actively involved in the Conference on the Future of Europe and also addressed the subject of EU enlargement policy, stating that “Romania will continue to support the enlargement policy of the Union, especially for the opening, as soon as possible, of the accession negotiations with the two candidate states – North Macedonia and Albania. The discussion on the efficiency of the enlargement methodology should in no case stop or delay this process.”
In his address, Klaus Iohannis emphasized that Romania’s membership in the European Union and NATO, but also the Strategic Partnership with the United States of America “remain the basic pillars” of our country’s foreign policy.
We support the EU efforts and of international community to de-escalate the situation in the Middle East
Romania supports the efforts of the European Union – which needs to get more involved, of its strategic partners and of the international community to de-escalate the situation in the Middle East, favor dialogue and seek sustainable solutions in the region, President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday at the meeting with the diplomatic mission heads accredited in Bucharest.
“Solutions are needed that are capable to restore peace in this region and security to the citizens, whether they are from the Middle East, Europe, the US or elsewhere, both as regards the situation in Iraq, the Iranian file, as well as Libya. Progress is also necessary in the Syrian file, in Yemen, but also in the Middle East Peace Process, on which Romania’s position remains unchanged,” the President said at the Cotroceni Palace.
He also voiced his opinion that “the negative effects of this crisis go well beyond the regional level.”
“They can also have an impact on European and global security. Therefore, negotiations and efforts aimed at achieving dialogue, alongside with stabilization and reconstruction in this area must continue. I call on all our partners to act together towards this purpose,” Iohannis said.
At the same time, the President said that the fight against terrorism is not over. “We need to continue our joint efforts, in solidarity. As I have already mentioned, NATO can play an increased role here,” he said, according to Agerpres.
We’ll continue to take steps towards accession to the Schengen area and the eurozone
He also mentioned that further action will be taken to ensure Romania’s accession to the Schengen area and the eurozone.
“We will continue to take steps towards accession to the Schengen area, which will make a significant contribution to strengthening security for the entire area of free movement within the Union and also towards joining the eurozone when all conditions are met,” the president said, at the annual meeting with the heads of the diplomatic missions accredited in Romania.
We want relevant strategic partnership with Japan
The head of state also told the ambassadors that Romania wants a “relevant strategic partnership” with Japan and expressed the hope that this objective will be achieved in 2021.
“We want a relevant strategic partnership with Japan to strengthen the results of the historic visit of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Bucharest in 2018, and we hope that this objective will materialize in the coming year, on the anniversary of the political-diplomatic relations centennial,” Iohannis told the annual meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Romania.
The head of state also underlined that Romania will pay special attention to the further development of the strategic or special partnerships and relations with Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Turkey or Israel, along with those with all the direct neighbours of Romania.
He indicated that Romania wants to modernize the strategic partnership with the United Kingdom.
“The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union will take place shortly. This is a moment that we did not want, but we will act so that the friendship and alliance that has linked us so far remains strong between the United Kingdom and the European Union. Equally, we are looking to modernize the strategic partnership between Romania and the United Kingdom, which we are currently working on,” said Iohannis.
The head of state indicated that the major directions of action, drawn up in the past years, remain valid also with regard to the Western Balkans or the other Eastern Partnership states.
“More broadly, our foreign policy priorities are aimed at strengthening relations, including economic ones, with other states and areas of interest in the world, including Japan, South Korea, China, India, and Asian states, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean,” he added.