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President Iohannis in Sofia: Discussions with head of the US delegation at Three Seas Initiative Summit – very good

President Klaus Iohannis has labeled as “very good” the discussion he had on Thursday evening, in Sofia, with the heads of the US delegation to the Three Seas Initiative Summit, mentioning that dialogue focused on the Romania – USA Strategic Partnership, economic collaboration, and security.

According to the Presidential Administration, the US high representatives were Senators Roger F. Wicker, a Republican, member of the Senate representing the Mississippi state, and Ben Cardin, a Democrat, member of the Senate on behalf of the Maryland state.

“Yesterday evening, I had a meeting with the US delegation, representatives of the US Congress, who participated in the Business Forum, a very good meeting where we had the chance to discuss matters related to our economic collaboration, Strategic Partnership, and also matters related to our security, a very good discussion with the two Senators leading the US delegation,” the head of state said on Friday, before participating in the Three Seas Initiative Summit.

According to a press statement released by the Romanian Presidential Administration on Friday, Iohannis welcomed the firm commitment of the US to the goals and priorities of the Three Seas Initiative, also demonstrated by President Joe Biden sending a substantial message to 3SI with the US Congress delegation attending the summit.

“The President of Romania expressed appreciation for Washington’s support for meeting the Initiative’s objectives in areas such as the sustainable and competitive economic development of Central and Southeast Europe, consolidating regional interconnectivity, strengthening transatlantic relationships and developing resilience,” the Presidential Administration shows.

The chief of state emphasised the importance to Romania of the implementation of the Rail2Sea and Via Carpathia projects and pleaded for a consistent US involvement, including financial involvement, in these projects in order to strengthen its economic presence in the region, especially under such strategic projects. He underscored the need for funding and other major strategic interconnection initiatives at the 3SI level using the mechanisms of the 3SI Investment Fund, whose foundations were laid at the 2018 Bucharest summit.

The Presidential Administration also shows that, in terms of bilateral relations, President Iohannis highlighted the depth and solidity of the Romanian-American Strategic Partnership, as an “essential” pillar of our country’s foreign policy, and welcomed the excellent state of Romania – US political and defence co-operation.

“Also, the President of Romania voiced satisfaction with the development of civil nuclear energy and 5G network co-operation between Romania and the US,” the source shows.

During the discussion, the “excellent” level of political, economic and defence co-operation between Romania and the US was highlighted, as well as a shared interest in deepening and expanding the strategic partnership, as Romania is one of the most “reliable,” “steadfast” and “firm” allies of the United States in the region, says the Presidential Administration.

Iohannis will have a joint press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart, Rumen Radev, his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, and his Latvian counterpart, Egils Levits.


The transition to clean energy, a battle we want to win


President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday that the transition to “clean” energy is the subject of “very complicated” discussions, emphasising that there is financial support for that under Romania’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) as well.

“All these issues are under debate and there are very difficult discussions, because our economies are still dependent on gas, they are dependent on coal, meaning the classic sources of energy and the transition must be made, because we have pledged to. We are all aware that we have to fight against climate change, but on the other hand, we do not want to have a battle to lose, we want to have a battle to win and so talks will be very complicated, but I am optimistic,” Iohannis said ahead of attending a summit of the Three Seas Initiative in Sofia.

He said there are several mechanisms under consideration for this transition.

“We have PNRR, where a lot of money is provided for this, we have the Just Transition Fund, of which will be able to use quite a lot of money for these changes, and I know that we are working very hard at the Ministry of Energy and in government in general to find good solutions for Romania and we will implement them,” Iohannis explained.


We can prevent return of COVID-19 pandemic by getting vaccinated


President Klaus Iohannis doesn’t think that there is need for new restrictive measures in Romania, underscoring that anti-COVID vaccination is the solution for preventing a return of the pandemic.

“Honestly, I don’t think that we should impose restrictive measures right now, but we must continue with the vaccination. There is already one year and a half during which I said again and again and I repeat it now that we can only exit the pandemic and prevent it from returning, because this is what we are talking about right now, by getting on with the vaccination. We can do it, because we have the vaccine available without scheduling, without any bureaucracy. I recommend each and every Romanian get vaccinated to avoid ending in a hospital. It’s as simple as that,” the head of state said on Friday, before participating in the Three Seas Initiative Summit in Sofia.

The head of state was asked if Romania should take new restrictive measures in the context of the spreading of the Delta variant, as some other European countries have started to take.


Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.presidency.ro

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