David Muniz: Romania has fought side by side with the US in some of toughest theaters of operations
Romania has fought side by side with the United States and other Allied forces in some of the world’s toughest and deadliest theaters of operations, US Embassy in Bucharest chargé d’affaires ad-interim David Muniz affirmed on Monday in a message sent on the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Joint Declaration on The Strategic Partnership For The 21st Century Between The United States Of America And Romania and the Agreement between the two countries’ Governments on the location of the Ballistic Missile Defense System.
According to the US official, “the Romanian military bravely honored this commitment and paid an incredibly expensive price.” “Through their actions, they brought peace to the affected areas and protected the vulnerable from the forces that would have treated them like prey,” he added.
David Muniz noted that the Joint Declaration and the Agreement “significantly” improved collective security and encouraged regional stability. “Ten years after its signing and five years after the Aegis Ashore System became operational in 2016, Romania remains a key link in NATO’s missile defense chain,” he said.
“Romania’s significant progress in modernizing and expanding its defense capabilities helps the entire NATO Alliance,” and the Joint Declaration “formalized and strengthened the intense cultural, scientific and academic exchanges between our peoples,” the US Chargé d’Affaires in Bucharest added.
“In the name of friendship, cooperation, partnership and mutual obligation, we have accomplished much in the decade since the signing of the Joint Declaration and the Ballistic Missile Defense System Agreement. Of course, much remains to be done. And yet, it is reassuring to know that no matter the challenges our alliance and our friendship might face in the future, we will face them together. It is possible that the changes of fate will test the firmness of this friendship, but it has been proved that it remains unshakable,” mentioned David Muniz.
ForMin Aurescu : Our durable and dynamic Strategic Partnership is of a nature to consolidate the security and prosperity of Romania and the United States
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, hails the celebration of 10 years since the signing of the US – Romania Strategic Partnership.
“As head negotiator of the Joint Statement regarding the Romania-USA Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century and the Agreement regarding the anti-missile system, I hail the anniversary, today, of 10 years since the signing of these basic documents of the Strategic Partnership,” shows the head of Romanian diplomacy in a message sent, on Monday, on Twitter.
According to the documents signed on September 13, 2011, following the joint vision of a more extended and more profound Strategic Partnership, Romania and the United States have identified the following domains of reinforced cooperation, among which the United States ballistic missile shield and the NATO missile defence, recognizing that this system contributes to the defence of Romania and the United States, as well as the European allies of NATO, and strengthens regional stability, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control, combating terrorism and the management of other emerging risks and threats, through the consolidation of information exchanges.
These will be joined by cooperation within NATO, improving interoperability and cooperation in the realm of defence equipment and subsidiary materials, regional cooperation and stability, with focus on Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans, both by improving NATO-EU cooperation, strengthening Euro-Atlantic institutions and seeking solutions to frozen conflict, commerce and investment, with a focus on facilitating contacts between business communities, in parallel with reaffirming the commitment for market principles, the rule of law, a healthy business environment, transparency and public integrity, energy security.
The joint statement also mentions democracy and rule of law, human rights and good governance, as well as the firm support of these values in the region, in the states of the Eastern Partnership: the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine, as well as the promotion of reforms and of the consolidation of democracies in these countries, education, research and inter-human contacts, facilitated through exchanges of persons in the professional realm, investors, business visits and researchers in the academic and scientific domain, science and technology, including the continuous support to diversify contacts between the academic and scientific communities.
“Our durable and dynamic Strategic Partnership is of a nature to consolidate the security and prosperity of Romania and the United States and we eagerly anticipate our future cooperation,” shows the document penned September 13, 2011 in Washington DC.
Department of State, MAE issue Joint Statement on the 10 anniversary of the StrategicPartnership: Romania, U.S. to face challenges together, as partners and allies
Romania and the United States of America will continue to be a bulwark of Euro-Atlantic values and they will meet all the future challenges together, as partners and allies, a joint press statement issued on Monday by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) and the U.S. Department of State underscores.
The following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Romania on the occasion of the 10-year anniversary of the signing of the U.S.-Romania Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century and the Agreement on the Deployment of the Ballistic Missile Defense System in Romania:
“Today is the 10th anniversary of two instruments that address the peace and security of the United States, Romania, and our European allies – the U.S.-Romania Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century and the Agreement on the Deployment of the Ballistic Missile Defense System in Romania. As a result of our Ballistic Missile Defense Agreement, Romania now hosts the Aegis Ashore Ballistic Missile Defense System. In May 2021, we celebrated five years since Aegis Ashore became operational. This anniversary marks an important milestone in our bilateral relationship. We reaffirm and celebrate our friendship and the diplomatic framework that has strengthened bilateral relations, supported democratic development and Euro-Atlantic integration, increased trade, and investment, and helped spread widely the benefits of sustainable prosperity,” reads the above-mentioned document.
Moreover, according to the same source, the document reaffirms the cooperation between Romania and the U.S., both at present and in the future.
“Building on the milestone reflected in these joint anniversaries, our two governments recommit to serving as a bulwark for Euro-Atlantic values and to broadening and deepening the economic, cultural, and interpersonal links between our two nations. Today, we reaffirm and celebrate our cooperation and appreciate the fact that we will meet our future challenges together as friends and allies,” the joint statement of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US State Department pointed out.
Ever since its launch in 1997, the Strategic Partnership concluded between Romania and the U.S. represented an essential milestone in the Romanian foreign policy’s history and one of its main pillars, alongside the North-Atlantic Alliance and the European Union memberships, as well as an efficient instrument supporting internal efforts in building security, increasing prosperity, carrying out political, economic, military and administrative reforms, underscored the MAE.
The cooperation between Romania and the U.S. has constantly strengthened and diversified until, in 2011, the two sides decided to further develop their Partnership through establishing the main directions of the bilateral relations, within the Strategic Dialogue process: maintaining political dialogue, broadening the economic relations, interpersonal links, deepening dialogue in various fields such as science and technology, research, education, culture.
In this context, they negotiated the political text of the Joint Declaration, with the chief negotiator for Romania being the incumbent Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu. On September 13, 2011, on the occasion of the Romanian President’s, Traian Basescu, visit to Washington, they adopted the Joint Declaration on the Strategic Partnership for the 21st century between Romania and the United States of America, mentions the MAE.
The open cooperation framework described by the Joint Declaration contributed to the development of the strategic, political-military, and security dimensions of the Strategic Partnership, representing its current foundation, on all its dimensions, as the first political bilateral document evoking the Strategic Partnership. At the same time, it contributes to the strengthening of the political dialogue and it brought the economic and energy security dimensions to a level of performance close to the one reached in the strategic and military fields.
MAE brings to mind that the negotiations regarding an Agreement to have a ballistic missile defense system (BMDA) belonging to the U.S. located in Romania started in 2010. After eight rounds of discussions between the negotiation teams, led by Bogdan Aurescu (Secretary of State with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs back then) for Romania, and Ellen Tauscher (at that time Under Secretary of State for Arms Control of the United States), respectively, for the U.S., the Agreement was sealed on June 6, 2011, and signed on September 13, 2011, in Washington. The Agreement came into force on December 23, 2011, as the first legal document mentioning the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the U.S.).
On December 18, 2015, they declared the technical capacity of the Anti-missile Facility in Deveselu, with the inauguration ceremony (declaring the full operation capacity) of the Aegis Ashore Facility within the Deveselu Military Base, part of NATO’s system of defence against the ballistic missiles (NATO BMD) taking place on May 12, 2016.
The Agreement proves the United States’ commitment to European security and represents a joint contribution of Romania and the United States to the collective defence, within NATO. The anti-missile defence system is exclusively defensive and targets threats from outside the Euro-Atlantic space.