The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, on Monday received at the Cotroceni Palace the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic, Luigi Di Maio, on an official visit to Bucharest.
President Klaus Iohannis welcomed the presence in Bucharest of Minister Luigi Di Maio, in this difficult international context, as an expression of the close relations and the strengthened Strategic Partnership between Romania and Italy. “Romanian-Italian political and diplomatic relations are at an excellent level, and the two countries act as privileged partners, based on strong historical and cultural ties and also through the deep ties created by the Romanian community in Italy and the Italian community in Romania,” reads a press release issued by the Presidential Administration.
President Iohannis expressed Romania’s support for the adoption of new sanctions that would maintain a high pressure on the Russian Federation.
He also presented Romania’s efforts to help Ukraine through the Suceava Humanitarian Center and welcomed Italy’s involvement in making this logistics hub operational. The President of Romania stated in the context that this humanitarian hub will also be used to support the Republic of Moldova, which is facing an increasing number of refugees.
President Klaus Iohannis appreciated the fact that the Italian foreign minister will continue to travel to Chisinau to discuss with the Moldovan authorities the best ways to cooperate in managing the large number of Ukrainian refugees.
The President of Romania also addressed the issue of energy security, in the context of discussions at European level, stating that the European Union must diversify its sources of supply, opening to countries such as Azerbaijan, Qatar or Egypt, and accelerating interconnections between member states and the development of the energetic infrastructure.
The President of Romania specified that it is important to accelerate the investments in renewable sources and in the civil nuclear energy sector, but also the use of gas as a transition source, in order to increase the energy independence at the Union level.
In terms of bilateral economic relations, President Klaus Iohannis encouraged Italian companies to continue investing in Romania.
According to the Presidential Administration, the Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio highlighted the strong relations between the two countries and appreciated the way Romania handles this difficult situation, thanking our country for the solidarity and support shown to all refugees who flee the military conflict from Ukraine.
Minister Luigi Di Maio emphasized the importance of unity at European level in addressing the severe sanctions against Russia and support for Ukraine, as well as the importance of continuing efforts to strengthen the European project in various areas, including energy, to ensure energy security of the European Union.
The Italian Foreign Minister expressed Italy’s readiness to support humanitarian efforts in both Ukraine and neighboring states.