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5th anniversary of HQ-MNDSE. Admiral Robert P. Burke: Romania is an important contributor to the security of NATO

Romania is an important contributor to the security of the NATO Alliance, especially in a region of such geostrategic significance, head of NATO Allied Joint Force Command Naples Admiral Robert P. Burke said on Friday in Bucharest on the fifth anniversary of the establishment in Romania of the Headquarters Multinational Division Southeast.

“I am honoured to be here in Bucharest on the 5th anniversary of the Headquarters Multinational Division Southeast. I am especially grateful for the tremendous support that your country, Romania, is providing. Romania is an important contributor to the security of NATO especially here in the Black Sea region, which is a region of such geostrategic significance. Our world is an increasingly complex one. We face a demanding security environment and challenges from adversaries and competitors in every operating domain. And although we face many challenges, we face them together,” said Burke at the Bucharest headquarters.

He added that the NATO treaty reaffirms the NATO member states’ desire to live in peace with all peoples and with all governments.

“Yet, as the treaty states, we are resolved in our efforts to collective defence and the preservation of peace and stability. And Multinational Division Southeast is a perfect example of that as it stands as tangible evidence of NATO’s commitment to deter and if necessary defend our Euro-Atlantic agreement,” the admiral said, according to Agerpres.

President Iohannis: Romania will remain a trustworthy ally of the North Atlantic Alliance and a pillar of stability and security

Romania will remain a trustworthy ally of the North Atlantic Alliance and a pillar of stability and security amidst the existing challenges and threats, President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday in a message on the fifth anniversary of the Headquarters Multinational Division Southeast and of the NATO Force Integration Unit in Romania.

The message was delivered by senior official Mihai Somordolea at the official ceremony organised on this occasion.

“Romania’s NATO and EU memberships, as well as the strategic partnership with the United States of America ensure Romania’s integration with a stable security environment. At the same time, through the values it promotes and that are fundamentally undertaken by the Romanian society, NATO has also contributed to shaping our identity as a free and democratic nation,” Iohannis said in his message.

He mentioned that the NATO collective defence means the awareness of the fact that the security of each state can be ensured more efficiently together than separately.

“In terms of collective defence and strengthening NATO’s deterrence and defence posture on its eastern flank, the establishment, five years ago, of the Headquarters Multinational Division Southeast (HQ MND-SE) and the NATO Force Integration Unit (ROU NFIU) was a decisive moment. The activity of these multinational units on the Romanian soil and their integration with the NATO force architecture demonstrate the solidarity of the member states. NATO collective defence today means, more than ever, awareness of the fact that the security of each state can be ensured more efficiently together than separately. These two NATO command and control entities, which have reached optimal levels of operationalisation, make a key national contribution to the implementation of the NATO’s readiness action plan,” Iohannis said.

He also said that Romania has made a substantial contribution to consolidating NATO’s command and control architecture in the Black Sea area.

“Completely and timely meeting the committed objectives proves pragmatism, commitment, consistency and determination on the part of Romania and shows its solid commitment to the development of collective security and defence mechanisms. The two command and control units are NATO’s visible yet defensive presence in Romania, with the aim of facilitating the rapid deployment of NATO forces in the region and ensuring the connection between NATO and national forces, including through the planning and conduct of multinational exercises and other forms of joint training. At the same time, Romania has made a substantial contribution to strengthening NATO’s command and control architecture in the Black Sea area through the operationalisation of the Multinational Brigade (MN-BDE) and the establishment of the Headquarters Multinational Division Southeast (HQ MNC-SE), proving once again Romania’s strong commitment to the development of security and defence mechanisms according to the commitments made by the NATO member states,” the president mentioned.

Iohannis underscored that Romania will remain a trustworthy ally and a pillar of stability and security.

“On the occasion of today’s anniversary, I want to thank all those who work in these elite units and wish them continued success! I can assure you that Romania will remain a trustworthy ally and a pillar of stability and security amidst the existing challenges and threats. Happy anniversary!,” Iohannis added.

Photo: Valentin Ciobîrcă, www.mapn.ro

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