Romania remains a pole of stability in the Black Sea and Western Balkans region, and one of the priorities is to defend common strategic interests, read President Klaus Iohannis’ message at the opening of the Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum.
Klaus Iohannis’ message was read by presidential adviser Ligia Deca.
“Our aim is to defend the strategic interests that unite us and reduce the dependence on partners who do not share our values. At the same time, Romania remains a pole of stability in the region, which can assume a role of projecting Western values among regional partners and to contribute to the consolidation of stability in the Black Sea region and the Western Balkans,” the head of state said.
He appreciated that “during all this difficult period, Romania’s efforts to support its partners in the region are a concrete proof of the fact that only through unity and solidarity can crisis situations be overcome and the best solutions found to move forward.”
He also spoke about the challenge that the COVID crisis has brought in the field of information.
“The pandemic has also shown us that in a globalised environment, characterised by an unprecedented abundance of information, on the one hand, and ever-evolving communications technologies, on the other, the general public can easily reach a wrong interpretation of events. Therefore, I will always support the multiplication of platforms that aim to provide the framework for an informed, reasoned and open dialogue, based on documented, correct and verified information, including in the areas of Defence and National Security,” Iohannis added.
According to the President, “organisations such as the New Strategy Center are important resources for expertise and through conferences such as the ongoing one, they create a space dedicated to the dialogue between state representatives and civil society.”
The fifth edition of the Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum takes place on Friday and Saturday in Bucharest, informs the Ministry of National Defence.
The event is organised at the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine and hosts officials and experts from Romania and the Black Sea and Balkan countries, the US and the European Union, as well as officials from the North Atlantic Alliance.
The forum is organised by the New Strategy Center (NSC), with the support of NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, in partnership with the Ministry of National Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
NSC is a Romanian think tank founded in 2015, which operates in the field of international relations, security and defense. It organises various events and publishes specialist studies, especially to promote the strategic importance of the Black Sea region and the Balkans area.