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February 25, 2021

Foreign Minister Aurescu reiterates in Tel Aviv Romania’s commitment to combating anti-Semitism and xenophobia

In a joint press statement with his Israeli counterpart, Gabriel Ashkenazi, Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu wanted to reiterate “Romania’s very strong commitment to combating anti-Semitism and xenophobia”.

“Our efforts to create a National Museum of Jewish and Holocaust History in Romania are ongoing. Romania has become a model in promoting the memory of the Holocaust through domestic and international actions. The success of the Romanian Presidency of the International Alliance for Holocaust Remembrance between 2016 and 2017 by adopting the working definition of anti-Semitism is eloquent for our decision. Moreover, Romania was among the first countries to adopt in national legislation this working definition of anti-Semitism,” the head of Romanian diplomacy said.

He also stated that “Romanian-born Israeli citizens represent a strong, well-integrated community with an active role in Israeli society and in facilitating the economic development of our countries” and thanked the Israeli authorities for supporting the integration of the Romanian community in Israel, while maintaining the Romanian cultural and linguistic identity”.

Bogdan Aurescu is conducting an official visit to Israel and Palestine on Wednesday and Thursday, where he is scheduled to meet with the leaders of the two states and his counterparts.

Ministers Aurescu, Ashkenazi agree on kicking off preparations for Romania-Israel third Gov’t meeting in 2021

Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu announced in Tel Aviv on Wednesday that he had agreed with his Israeli counterpart, Gabriel Ashkenazi, to initiate preparations “for the organization of the third session of Romanian-Israeli intergovernmental consultations next year, which is a meeting of the two governments. It is an important platform of dialogue, specially designed to deepen our sectoral bilateral cooperation. In this regard, we have agreed to encourage ministers in our countries to intensify their direct dialogue in order to identify new projects and initiatives.”

“We have also agreed on an important measure, namely the creation of a working group dedicated to strengthening economic and trade links between Romania and Israel in areas such as agriculture, in particular water management, and health, but also cooperation in areas such as IT, artificial intelligence, technology and cybersecurity. There are many opportunities in these areas. The working group will not be limited to these three to four mentioned areas, but it is open to many other areas that we will be able to identify together. There is a great potential in the field of digital technologies, and I am glad that we can move forward with this kind of cooperation. Of course, we encourage cooperation between companies in Romania and Israel, including through potential joint ventures,” the Romanian Foreign Affairs minister said.

“This visit reflects the excellent relationship between our countries. Romania is one of our best friends in Europe. I appreciate the support for the State of Israel in the EU and in other international forums from both the government and the foreign minister”, Gabriel Ashkenazi said.

“We have just signed a joint programme of work in the fields of education, culture and sport. We agreed to set up a joint working group to expand economic cooperation in areas such as technology, agriculture, water management. Both sides believe that there is a great potential for progress. This agreement will increase the already positive relationship between our countries”, the Israeli diplomacy’s head added, according to Agerpres.

Photo: Twitter/MFA Romania

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