The Defense Ministry’s specialized medical team that has been on a two-week mission to the state of Alabama, providing critical COVID-19 support to the authorities, returned to the country on Wednesday, on which occasion the US Ambassador to Bucharest, Adrian Zuckerman, appreciated the Romanian gesture as an “act of kindness and help in difficult times”.
“We will not forget this act of kindness and help in difficult times. The work of this team has strengthened the extraordinary friendship and solidarity between the US and Romania. Our countries will always be together, for better or for worse”, Zuckerman said at the reception of the specialists, which took place at Base 90 Air Transport in Otopeni (north of Bucharest).
In this context, the diplomat spoke of the support that the US is prepared to give Romania for the recovery of the economy.
“President Trump and the American people are committed to rebuilding the American economy, as are President Iohannis and Prime minister Orban to the Romanian economy. As friends and allies, we will help each other to be prosperous. Romania has no better friend than the US. We are committed to supporting Romania to rebuild its economy in 2020. It’s not impossible. It’s possible and it’s going to happen”, he added.
At the same time, Zuckerman said that “Romania’s resources are many, but its most important resource is its people.
For his part, the Minister of Defence, Nicolae Ciuca, has said that this mission of the Romanians is part of the Strategic Partnership Romania – USA.
“As far as relevance is concerned, it is very important for everything that the U S – Romania Strategic Partnership means, for everything that the availability of both the military means, but especially this part of our country’s image, to help, to be able, whenever necessary, to be with those with whom we share the same values,” Nicolae Ciuca emphasised, according to Agerpres.
The team of five doctors and five nurses from emergency military hospitals in Brasov, Constanta, Craiova, Galati, Pitesti and Timisoara, plus five chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear specialized officers from the General Staff and the Land Forces Staff have provided assistance to long-term care facilities, nursing homes and hospitals across the state.
Cooperation between Romania and the state of Alabama unfolds under the auspices of the State Partnership Program launched in 1993, a program coordinated by the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM).
To date, Romania and Alabama have conducted more than 200 bilateral engagements, with focus on increasing NATO interoperability between military structures, promoting stability at government level, providing assistance with the development of democratic institutions and market economy mechanisms, supporting civil authorities, providing humanitarian aid, as well as supporting the deployment of the Romanian military detachments in the theaters of operations.