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US Vice-President Kamala Harris visits Romania for talks with President Iohannis on security and economic challenges in the region due to the war in Ukraine

The Vice President of the United States of America, Kamala Harris, who will arrive in Bucharest on Friday for her first visit in Romania since taking on mandate, will be welcomed by President Klaus Iohannis, at 14:00, at the ceremonial plateau of Cotroceni Palace.

The two officials have scheduled face to face and official talks, and at the end of the talks, at 15:30, they will make joint press statements.

Prime minister Nicolae Ciuca will attend the official talks, the government informs.

Thursday, before participating in the informal reunion of the European Council, which is taking place in Versailles, President Klaus Iohannis declared that he will discuss with the US Vice President Kamala Harris, regarding NATO’s position on the Eastern Flank, the allied Battle Group that will be hosted by Romania and about the American soldiers that arrived in our country.

Before participating in the informal meeting of the European Council, which takes place in Versailles, the head of state said: “All these will be found on the agenda tomorrow. The NATO posture on the Eastern flank, the US soldiers who came to Romania, the Battle Group and more topics will be found on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting. But I will tell you more about all these topics tomorrow, after the meeting,” he said.

* According to the Presidential Administration, the presence in Bucharest of Vice President Kamala Harris reconfirms the solidity of the bilateral strategic partnership and the USA firm commitment to supporting Romania’s security and NATO allies on the Eastern Flank, while also reflecting appreciation of the American Administration for the responsible and involved approach of our country in the context of the current security threats generated by the illegal aggression of the Russian Federation, as well as in managing the flow of refugees at the borders and granting humanitarian aid.

The meeting is subscribed within the allied and transatlantic tight coordination efforts in order to manage the security situation, especially in the Black Sea, with an impact on Euro-atlantic security and comes after the consultations at the highest level between the allied leaders on February 11, 18 and 28, attended also by President Iohannis and which took place at the initiative of President Joseph R. Biden.

“In this context, President Klaus Iohannis and Vice President Kamala Harris will discuss about the allied measures of consolidating NATO’s deterrence and defence posture on the Eastern Flank, including the perspective of increasing American and allied military presence in Romania, as an additional measure of ensuring our country’s security and the entire region’s. Furthermore, coordination will continue being discussed, of the transatlantic community in regards to adopting new sanctions against Russia,” the Presidential Administration specified.

The visit of Vice President Kamala Harris also takes place in the context of 25 years since the bilateral strategic Partnership was launched. Furthermore, according to the Presidential Administration, the meeting between Kamala Harris and Klaus Iohannis will represent a good opportunity for reaffirming shared attachment for consolidating transatlantic relations and promoting values and democratic resilience.

* The Bucharest Police recommends drivers to avoid traveling on National Road 1 (DN1) on Friday between 12:00 and 17:00 hrs, in the context of the implementation of a series of measures generated by the visit to Bucharest of the US Vice President, Kamala Harris.

“The authorities involved have in view for the instituted security measures to interfere as little as possible with the population’s daily activities. Thus, for participants in traffic there will be measures to improve the flow of traffic and, in this context, the Bucharest Road Police Brigade requests drivers respect the signals and indications of policemen. Drivers are recommended that on Friday, in the interval between 12:00 and 17:00 hrs, they avoid traveling on National Road 1, in order to prevent the formation of traffic jams,” mentioned the Bucharest City Police General Directorate (DGPMB), in a release on Thursday.

 

Via Agerpres

 

 

 

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