Romania’s Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu had a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday and political consultations with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi to agree on starting preparations for a new joint session of the two national governments in 2021.
The two foreign ministers agreed to set up a working group of experts to work on the substantive preparations of the joint governmental meeting in favorite areas of mutual interest, such as agriculture, water management, IT, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, for the identification of concrete co-operation projects.
According to a press statement released by Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE), Aurescu also had an extensive exchange of views with Israeli officials on the impact of recent developments in the Middle East, with Aurescu reiterating Romania’s support for a “sustainable solution generated by the Peace Process, based on the solution of the two states, Israel and Palestine, coexisting in peace and security, as the only viable option to meet the aspirations on both sides.”
Aurescu also welcomed the recent announcement of an agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalise relations between the two countries as an important step forward towards promoting lasting peace in the Middle East. Also discussed with senior Israeli officials were other regional issues, with emphasis on the Iranian nuclear file and the situation in Lebanon.
At the same time, Aurescu reaffirmed Romania’s readiness to support the strengthening of EU co-operation with Israel, reiterating its support for the resumption of EU-Israel Association Council meetings. He mentioned that Romania has consistently advocated, including at EU level, for a lasting solution generated by the Peace Process, for the resumption of direct negotiations between the two sides involved, as well as for the avoidance of unilateral actions. He underscored in this regard the importance of confidence-building measures, which Romania considers necessary and which it supports.
In his conversation with Ashkenazi, Aurescu voiced satisfaction with the comprehensive dialogue he had already had with his counterpart, both by telephone and in person at the recent Gymnich meeting of European foreign ministers in Berlin. The head of the Romanian diplomacy reiterated the invitation to his counterpart to pay a visit to Romania, already accepted by the Israeli official.
In the meeting, the two ministers signed a programme for collaboration in the areas of education, science, culture, youth and sports designed to contribute to the extension and deepening of co-operation between Romania Israel in these important sectors.
Romanian ForMin Aurescu, Israeli President Rivlin address Peace Process in Middle East, Iranian File
Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Thursday met with the President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, on the second day of the Romanian official’s visit to Israel, the two addressing the Peace Process in the Middle East and the Iranian File, a release from the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) sent to AGERPRES reads.
In their talks, “the contribution of the Romanian-born community in Israel to the progress of Israeli society was particularly appreciated, with Minister Aurescu pointing to his vocation as a bridge between the two countries and the need to support the preservation of his Romanian cultural identity, especially among young people,” the MAE release says.
At the same time, the perspectives of the Middle East Peace Process were discussed, Aurescu reiterating Romania’s position and our country’s willingness to support positive developments in this dossier.
Minister Bogdan Aurescu also held a meeting on Thursday with Ofir Akunis, Minister of Regional Cooperation, their talk reconfirming the common interest of the two countries for increasing cooperation in the economic sectors, with a focus on the need to identify concrete projects that stimulate the two economies, including in the field of science, research and innovation.
During his official visit, the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs also met Wednesday with the deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence of Israel, Benjamin Gantz. The two officials appreciated the excellent level of cooperation in the field of defence, reflected by the political-military dialogue, and highlighted the potential for cooperation in the field of the defence industry. Interest has also been expressed in strengthening the Strategic Dialogue in the military field and in identifying new investment opportunities in the sector.
The two high officials also had discussions on regional security developments, with a focus on the Middle East Peace Process and its prospects and the Iranian nuclear file.
Minister Aurescu also had a meeting on Wednesday with Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid-Telem band in the Knesset. Discussions included the state of Romanian-Israeli relations and the prospects for their development, as well as the Peace Process and the security situation in the region.
In this context, Minister Bogdan Aurescu highlighted the importance of parliamentary diplomacy. The two dignitaries also reconfirmed their interest in the peace-based resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as Romania supports the two states’ resolution and the resumption of direct negotiations between the parties.
Minister Aurescu’s visit will continue in Ramallah, with meetings with senior Palestinian officials.