During an official visit to Israel on Tuesday, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and discussed about the excellent state of bilateral cooperation in the context of the privileged relationship between the two states, according to a Government press release.
The issues of common interest between the two parties were reviewed during the meeting, with an emphasis on the elements that mark the intensified cooperation at sectoral level and within the international institutions.
“President Rivlin particularly appreciated Romania’s efforts in assuming the past, promoting the memory of the Holocaust and combating anti-Semitism, as well as the project to build the National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust in Romania,” reads the release.
At the same time, the Israeli head of state reiterated his desire to visit Romania, as soon as the epidemiological conditions will allow it.
Senior officials also discussed the security situation at the Black Sea, including prospects for resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Also on Tuesday, according to the release, the Romanian Prime Minister had a meeting with the Israeli Foreign Minister, Gabi Ashkenazi, context in which the former underlined the interest for maintaining a high dynamic of the bilateral relations, including the diplomatic ones, in view of continuing the two countries’ cooperation upward trend registered in recent years.
The two officials also had a wide-ranging exchange of views on the situation in the Middle East and its impact on regional security. The head of the Romanian Executive expressed his confidence that the normalization of Israel’s relations with the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Sudan will be able to contribute to the stability and security of the Middle East.
“These developments may support the efforts to identify a just and lasting solution to the Middle East Peace Process,” the release said.
Prime Minister Orban showed that Romania has consistently advocated, including at EU level, for a lasting solution generated by the Peace Process, for engaging both parties in a constructive dialogue with the resumption of direct negotiations between the two parties involved, as well as to avoid unilateral acts. The Prime Minister also reiterated Romania’s support for a comprehensive solution generated by the Peace Process, based on the solution of the two states, Israel and Palestine, that should coexist in peace and security, as the only viable option that meets the aspirations of both sides.
Minister Ashkenazi expressed appreciation for Romania’s balanced and moderate position in relation to this file, the quoted source states.
Prime Minister Orban, Israeli counterpart Netanyahu discuss possibility of joint production of COVID-19 vaccine
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban discussed at the meeting that he had on Tuesday, during the visit conducted to the State of Israel, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the “possibility of joint production of the COVID-19 vaccine,” according to a release of the Government.
“The two Prime Ministers discussed about the intensification of cooperation in the realms of defence industry, water management – including from the perspective of modernizing the irrigation system in Romania – while in the realm of health care the possibility of joint production of the vaccine against COVID-19 was approached. There were discussions, also, on the perspectives of bilateral cooperation in the realm of energy security,” the release shows.
The quoted source mentions that during the meeting the two officials reconfirmed the privileged relations between Romania and the State of Israel, reflected in the deep political dialogue, the intensification of economic cooperation, as well as in the consolidated cooperation in the realm of defence and security.
“The developments in domains of joint interest between the two countries such as cyber-security, military cooperation, energy, technology, innovation and research were reviewed,” according to the release.
In context, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban claimed the importance of organizing of organizing a new joint sitting of government between the two governments, which would take place at the beginning of next year.
“Both officials agreed on the intensification of bilateral cooperation between the institutions in the two countries in view of deepening and widening the areas of bilateral cooperation, in view of the appropriate preparation of the joint session of Government,” the release mentioned.
Furthermore, the two Prime Ministers hailed the launch, on October 1, 2020, of the Romania-Israel working group in the economic domain, initiative agreed by the heads of diplomacy of the two countries on the occasion of the official visit of the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs to the State of Israel, in the September 2-3, 2020 period.
“The two officials emphasized the importance of maintaining a sustained rhythm of this cooperation format, encouraging the development of concrete bilateral initiatives meant to contribute to the preparation and implementation of pilot-projects in all three joint areas of interest on the agenda of the Working Group: a) agriculture and water management; b) health care; c) high technology and artificial intelligence. The projects thus agreed are to contribute to the building of durable partnerships with the Israeli side meant to encourage the development of some high quality products and services, with high added value, as well as the generation of multiplying effects in the economy,” mentions the quoted source.
Furthermore, the two dignitaries discussed about the recent developments in the Middle East and their impact on the security climate in Israel. Furthermore, the Prime Minister reconfirmed Romania’s availability to support the consolidation of EU cooperation with Israel.
On the occasion of the meeting, the release also shows, the Protocol to modify the Convention between the Romanian Government and the Government of the State of Israel to avoid double taxation and prevent fiscal evasion regarding income tax was signed, meant to contribute to the extension and deepening of the bilateral economic cooperation, the promotion of foreign direct investments and stimulation of bilateral commercial exchanges.