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NATO Day marked in Romania. President Iohannis: NATO played an important role in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, by providing its allies with its means and tools

The North Atlantic Alliance strengthens Europe’s unique and deep connection with North America, both continents united by democratic values and common security interests, and NATO has also played an important role in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, reads a message sent on Sunday by President Klaus Iohannis on the occasion of NATO Day.

“As every year, we celebrate NATO Day in Romania on the first Sunday of April. We also mark the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a fundamental political-military alliance for international peace, international security and prosperity, the most successful collective defence Alliance in history. NATO strengthens Europe’s unique and deep connection with North America, both continents united by democratic values and common security interests. Current developments at the international level remain dynamic and unpredictable, and security challenges multiply and diversify. The Alliance’s power to deal with this context is based on the solidarity of the member states in carrying out collective defence,” the President underscores in his message.

NATO’s ability to achieve its major objective, that of defending all citizens and allied territories, is also due to the constant process of adaptation and transformation in which Romania has actively and substantially participated in recent years, adds the head of state in the message sent by Presidential Administration.

According to him, NATO also played an important role in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, by providing its allies with its means and tools.

“Through its efforts so far, NATO has demonstrated the coherence and consistency of collective defence decisions, including through the implementation of deterrence and defence measures on the Eastern Flank, to which Romania’s contribution is significant. NATO has also played an important role in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing the transformation of the health crisis into a security crisis. By making its means and instruments available to the allies, by showing solidarity both among the allies and in relation to its partners, NATO has once again proved its effectiveness. Romania capitalized on these new opportunities, being the first allied state to use the Strategic Airlift Capability mechanism to bring in the country essential equipment to fight the pandemic”, said Klaus Iohannis.

He states that Romania is deeply attached to Euro-Atlantic values and acts decisively in the spirit of consolidating the transatlantic relationship and promoting the profile and role of NATO.

“NATO is constantly adapting to become a stronger and more efficient organization. Thus, the ‘NATO 2030’ reflection process, launched in 2020 by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, creates the premises for a more ambitious role for the Alliance in the next phase, including from the perspective of drawing up a new Strategic Concept – an initiative that Romania fully supports. Romania is deeply attached to Euro-Atlantic values and acts decisively in the spirit of strengthening the transatlantic relationship and promoting the profile and role of NATO. Our country has a significant participation on several levels to allied operations and missions, including efforts to strengthen NATO’s deterrent and defence stance,” the head of state said.

According to the quoted source, the development and modernization of national military capabilities are crucial for the success of common allied objectives.

“I will continue to support the cross-party consensus in allocating 2% of GDP to the defence sector, this funding contributing to the consolidation of NATO, including through its presence in the Black Sea region. In order to respond to new security challenges and threats, increasing resilience becomes a priority. At the same time, I believe that it is very important to continue on the path of strengthening the strategic partnership between NATO and the EU, so as to streamline coordination in order to use the outstanding potential that the two essential organizations offer to the member states and their citizens, by ensuring security and prosperity. Only united will we be stronger,” President Klaus Iohannis said in his message.

 

PM Citu: NATO has been and continues to be for Romania the main guarantor and the fundamental pillar of defence

 

NATO has been and continues to be for Romania the main guarantor and the fundamental pillar of defence, reads a message of the Prime Minister Florin Citu sent on the occasion of NATO Day in Romania.

The head of the Government reminds in the message that Romania has traditionally celebrated NATO Day, for 17 years, on the first Sunday of April.

“For more than 70 years, the North Atlantic Alliance has demonstrated its ability to meet the most difficult security challenges, through its continuous adaptation, effective action and, above all, the solidarity and unity of its allies. All those were visible even in the current context of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Atlantic Alliance and its members offering support that was extended to partners as well. For Romania, NATO has been and continues to be the main guarantor and fundamental pillar of national defence and security. Romania has an active and significant contribution to Allied missions and operations, as well as a distinct and active role in shaping NATO policies and decisions, including in terms of the measures to strengthen deterrence and defence. At the same time, coherent for increasing cooperation with the Alliance’s partners”, the prime minister’s message reads.

According to him, all these are proofs of Romania’s firm and substantial commitment within NATO and contribute to shaping the profile of our country as a strong and reliable ally.

“The Romanian Government will continue to act in such a way as to maintain a significant contribution of our country to the consolidation of NATO, to collective defence efforts, including by further allocating 2% of GDP for defence, and to promoting common strategic values and objectives. “Many Happy Returns, NATO! Many Happy Returns to Romania in NATO!”, the Prime Minister Florin Citu concluded in his message.

 

MAE:  In the last 17 years since accession, Romania   has made sustained efforts and demonstrated the will and ability to contribute concretely and relevantly to the consolidation of NATO

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) welcomes the marking of NATO Day in Romania and emphasizes that in the last 17 years since accession, “our country has made sustained efforts and demonstrated the will and ability to contribute concretely and relevantly to the consolidation of NATO, the most successful political-military alliance in history, the guarantor of Euro-Atlantic security.”

According to a communiqué sent on Sunday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania participates in allied missions and operations, in measures to strengthen deterrence and defence on the Eastern Flank, including in the Black Sea region, and hosts on its territory allied multinational structures. Thus, through its action, Romania actively contributes to the defence of the territories and citizens of all NATO member states.

Also, Romania’s significant and lasting contributions to the efforts to increase the resilience and to increase the defence capacities of the partners, especially those from the Eastern Neighborhood, are additional evidence that Romania fulfills its commitments consistently, without hesitation, the commitments of responsible ally, the press release reads.

“On the occasion of the celebration of NATO Day in Romania, I wish to reaffirm our country ‘s firm commitment to collective defence and allied solidarity, as well as to a strong transatlantic relationship, including for wide cooperation between NATO and the European Union in the field of security and defence. Romania has consistently supported the collective defence efforts of all Alliance members and is actively engaged in the process of strengthening NATO’s capacity to respond effectively to current and future security challenges, including through its contribution to resilience efforts, through the initiative to set up and host a Euro-Atlantic Center for Resilience. Romania also actively supports the NATO 2030 strategic reflection process coordinated by the Secretary General of NATO, a process aimed at consolidating the political dimension of the Alliance, aimed at crystallizing a vision of NATO’s future and at eventually leading to drawing up a new Strategic Concept”, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, declared on this occasion, according to the mentioned release.

At the same time, under the current conditions generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Romanian Foreign Ministry particularly welcomes the solidarity demonstrated at NATO level both between allies and in relation to partners, confirmed by concrete medical assistance actions.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expresses its gratitude for the sustained efforts of the military staff, diplomats and all those who, through dedication and professionalism, contributed to the promotion and achievement of Romania’s security interests, as well as to the consolidation of our country’s role and prestige within NATO.

In Romania, NATO Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of April, according to the provisions of Law 390/2004.

On March 29, 2004, Romania submitted the instruments of ratification with the US State Department, the depositary of the North Atlantic Alliance Treaty, followed by the ceremony of hoisting the Romanian flag at NATO Headquarters, during the Allied ministerial meeting of April 2, 2004.

 

DefMin Ciuca: Along with membership in the EU and the Strategic Partnership with the US , this alliance provides the strongest protection Romania has benefited throughout its history

 

The North Atlantic Alliance, together with the European Union and the Strategic Partnership with the United States of America, ensures the strongest protection that Romania has benefited in its entire history, in the face of any threat to its national security, the Minister of National Defence, Nicolae Ciuca said on Sunday.

“Today marks 17 years since Romania has been part of NATO, the strongest political-military alliance in the world. Along with membership in the European Union and the Strategic Partnership with the United States, this alliance provides the strongest protection Romania has benefited throughout its history, in the face of any threat to its national security. The road to integration into the North Atlantic Alliance has not been easy for our country and, certainly, the Romanian Army’s military staff have played a key role in the national effort for NATO accession”, underlined Minister Ciuca in a message sent at the ceremony of hoisting the national flag of Romania and the flag of the Alliance, held at the Ministry of Defence (MApN) headquarters on the occasion of NATO Day.

He mentioned that the Romanian forces were in Afghanistan and Kosovo when Romania was invited to join the Alliance and, when our country became a member of NATO, the Romanian troops were also in Iraq, in another difficult mission.

“The whole integration process was supported by the Romanian Army, efforts that strengthened and consolidated the political-diplomatic approaches of that period. Our troops proved then, as now, through dedication and professionalism, that they add value to the defensive, operational and projection capabilities of NATO missions. Many of us gladly attended the official hoisting of the Romanian flag at NATO Headquarters on April 2, 2004. At that time we felt pride, hope and a breath that everything would take a new trajectory. And so it was!”, said the defence minister.

“Currently, almost 850 Romanian troops are participating in NATO operations, in which they successfully carry out their missions. Unfortunately, this effort was not without losses. The memory of the 30 Romanian servicemen who fell in the line of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and the over 180 wounded troops force us not to forget their sacrifice, to keep their memory alive and to stand by their families”, Ciuca added.

 

Compiled from Agerpres

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