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NATO Day in Romania: Authorities in Bucharest emphasize importance of Euro-Atlantic solidarity and unity in these troubled times

President Iohannis: North-Atlantic Alliance made strengthening of regional, global security possible

The North-Atlantic Alliance has made it possible to strengthen security at the regional and global level and create the conditions for the complementarity of the activities carried out together with the European Union in areas of common interest for the two international organizations, reads a message delivered on Sunday by President Klaus Iohannis on the occasion of the NATO Day.

“Romania celebrates the NATO Day on the first Sunday of April. 71 years ago, based on the common values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law, countries on both sides of the Atlantic started an ambitious, unseen project. The founding states of the Alliance assumed thus the responsibility and indivisibility of Euro-Atlantic security. NATO has also proven over time its extraordinary ability to adapt and evolve, essential features for an organization that faces both classic threats and hybrid threats, coming from multiple strategic directions. The North-Atlantic Alliance has made it possible to strengthen security at the regional and global level and create the conditions for the complementarity of the activities carried out together with the European Union in areas of common interest for the two international organizations,” the President said in his message.

 

PM Orban: We are marking NATO Day by showing the Euro-Atlantic unity and solidarity, in the context of an unseen health crisis in our contemporary world

 

We are marking the NATO Day in Romania this year by showing the Euro-Atlantic unity and solidarity, in the context of an unseen health crisis in our contemporary world, reads a message sent by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban on Sunday.

“For several weeks, the novel coronavirus has been taking thousands of lives around the world daily, and the affected countries are making dramatic efforts to stop the pandemic. The humankind has become engaged in an almost uneven fight, with an invisible and unpredictable enemy, which requires us to act fast, in a coordinated and effective manner, to save lives and limit the economic and social effects of the pandemic. The civilian efforts of the affected countries have been joined by the actions of the North Atlantic Alliance to supply essential sanitary and economic materials and equipment, and Romania was among the beneficiaries of this aid,” read the message.

The Prime Minister hailed the support provided by NATO and its willingness to further assist member states and partner states with logistics, expertise and medical staff, as he felt encouraged by the appreciation expressed by the NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg for the measures Romania has been implemented so far in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

“Today, after 16 years of belonging to the North Atlantic Alliance, Romania has become a pillar of stability in the region, and being a NATO member represents for us the strongest guarantee in terms of security. The Alliance reached 30 member states last month, which are waiting for other countries to join, as more confirmation of NATO’s credibility. The current challenge at Alliance level is to not allow the health crisis caused by coronavirus to turn into a security risk in addition to the existing ones and to fight disinformation related to the pandemic. We will be with our Euro-Atlantic allies in this fight for life and security,” the message said.

 

MAE: Belonging to the most important Alliance in history completes Romania’s profile as modern, democratic state

 

Belonging to the most important Alliance in history, in which solidarity and unity are the essential principles, completes Romania’s profile of a modern and democratic state and contributes to ensuring national security at an unprecedented level, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) says on Sunday, in a press release on the occasion of the NATO Day.

“Belonging to the most important Alliance in history, in which solidarity and unity are the essential principles, it completes Romania’s profile of a modern and democratic state and contributes to ensuring national security at an unprecedented level. The spirit of solidarity and unity of action between the allies manifests itself actively, including in the current difficult context, marked by the novel coronavirus pandemic. MAE expresses its compassion for all the victims of COVID-19 and those affected by its consequences, as well as deep gratitude for those in the front line of the battle against the pandemic. NATO’s contribution to supporting national efforts to manage this major crisis reflects the collective commitments made by the allies and NATO’s ability to permanently adapt. Romania is an integral part of the efforts the North Atlantic Alliance is making in this context,” reads the same message.

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