Romania is one of the “closest” military and economic allies of the United States in Europe, said the US Ambassador in Bucharest, Adrian Zuckerman, on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations between two countries on Sunday.
He recalled, as quoted in a statement from the US Embassy in our country, that on this day, in 1880, his predecessor, Eugene Schuyler, diplomatic agent and consul general, was recognized as the official representative of the United States in Romania.
“In November of the very same year, President Rutherford B. Hayes welcomed Colonel Sergiu Voinescu, Special Envoy of the future King Carol, at Romania’s first diplomatic mission to the United States. From then until now, our countries have come closer. Romania was considered a partner and friend of the United States after the fall of communism in 1989. Our countries became strategic partners in 1997, and Romania became a NATO member in 2004. This relationship continues to benefit both countries today. Starting with the military who work together shoulder to shoulder worldwide to protect our freedoms, to the visit of a Romanian medical team in Alabama, to help the Americans during the COVID pandemic, “Zuckerman said.
The US diplomat stressed that Romania is one of the United States’ closest military and economic allies in Europe.
“The Romanian people have no better friend than the American people, and on behalf of the Americans and President Trump, thank you, Romania, for the 140 years of friendship and cooperation. Many more!, Zuckerman said.
President Iohannis: Romania-USA relations, stronger than ever
140 years after their establishment, the diplomatic ties between Romania and the United States of America are stronger than ever, president Klaus Iohannis emphasizes in a message conveyed on Sunday.
According to Iohannis, “for Romania, the United States of America has proved, especially in the last two decades, that they are the firm ally we need in important moments, thus steadily accompanying us on the path chosen by our country to strengthen the security and prosperity of its citizens.”
IN addition, president Iohannis also states, that “Romania has outlined its profile as a reliable partner and active NATO ally, which assumes strong commitments and contributes to joint security together with the US, through consistent participation in missions such as the one in Afghanistan, or by consolidating defence on the eastern flank of the Alliance.”
“The upward trajectory of our bilateral relations is highlighted by our Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century, an essential dimension of Romania’s foreign policy, which provides broad prospects of cooperation in a wide range of fields – politics, security, economy, research, technology, science and education, as well as interpersonal contacts”, the Romanian president’s message also reads.
“The two states have come a long way together, but it has also been a process of extraordinary complexity, which has seen a steady and consistent development in recent decades, now reaching an unprecedented level of excellence, supported by a dense political dialogue and a very efficient cooperation,” said the head of state, according to the Presidential Administration.
President Iohannis added that “both the sharing of democratic values and the dedication of successive generations of politicians, diplomats, artists, representatives of many professional and social bodies to strengthen bilateral cooperation” have contributed to these developments.
“My fruitful and substantial dialogue in recent years with President Donald Trump has brought beneficial results to the relationship between our countries and our peoples,” he also maintained.
ForMin Aurescu: I consider effort to deepen Strategic Partnership, a priority
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, transmitted, on Sunday, at the celebration of 140 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and the USA, that the two countries’ effort for the development of the Strategic Partnership is “extremely important and a priority “.
“Today, more than ever, as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania and as a Romanian diplomat, I consider it is extremely important and a priority to continue the sustained effort to deepen and develop our Strategic Partnership with the United States of America, for the direct benefit of Romanian citizens, of their security and prosperity,” said the head of the Romanian diplomacy, in a message sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE).
According to Minister Aurescu, the marking of this anniversary takes place “at a time when the strategic cooperation between Romania and the United States of America is at the highest level of excellence, an aspect confirmed during the visits that the President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, paid to the White House in 2017 and 2019, as well as the Joint Declaration of the two Heads of State of August 20, 2019, which develops key areas of the Strategic Partnership.”
“The strategic partnership between Romania and the United States occupies a central place in the architecture of Romania’s foreign and security policy, being one of the three important pillars of our country’s foreign policy, along with increasing Romania’s role and importance within the European Union and NAT, sharing the commitment to democracy and the will to respond to common challenges and threats,” the head of the Romanian diplomacy pointed out in his message delivered on the occasion of the inauguration of the virtual exhibition dedicated to the 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Romania and the United States of America, alongside the US Ambassador in Bucharest, Adrian Zuckerman, and the Acting Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Philip T. Reeker.
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