On Thursday, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca welcomed British ambassador in Bucharest Andrew Noble to consider steps for reconfiguring the Romania-UK bilateral strategic partnership as a partnership between an EU member state (RO) and a third country (UK) aiming to preserve close relations with the EU.
According to a Romanian government statement, the reconfiguration of the strategic partnership is also an opportunity to expand and deepen bilateral co-operation by raising the level of ambition and coordination.
“Ambassador Andrew Noble hailed the appointment of Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca to his position and congratulated him on taking over the office. Their conversation covered a wide range of topics of mutual interest, starting with economic exchanges and investment, security and defence co-operation, organised crime, know-how transfer in strategic communication and cybersecurity co-operation. The relations between the two countries are excellent, as the two officials pointed out,” the statement reads.
Ciuca is quoted as asking about the situation of Romanians in the UK and their status, given that over one million Romanians are studying, living or working in the UK.
“Also addressed were the recent security developments at Europe’s eastern border. Ambassador Noble presented the British approach and welcomed the concern and preparation of the Romanian side in view of any scenario that may unfold in the near future, pointing out that the United Kingdom and Romania have important contributions to the institutional evaluations on this dimension at NATO level.”