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German Ambassador Gebauer, 30 years after signing of Treaty on Friendly Cooperation: It is important for Europe to be united. It is good that Germany and Romania can rely on each other, especially now

Foreign Ministers Annalena Baerbock and Bogdan Aurescu issue joint statement on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Treaty on Friendly Cooperation between Germany and Romania: Thirty years of Romanian-German friendship are both an achievement and an incentive

German Ambassador to Romania Peer Gebauer underlined on Thursday the importance of a united Europe, in a message sent on the occasion of the celebration of three decades since the signing of the Treaty on Friendly Cooperation between Germany and Romania.

“True friendship always means cooperation. The same goes for Romanian-German relations: in 30 years of friendship, a dense network of interpersonal relations has been created, which unites our countries closely in political, economic and cultural terms. Especially in these difficult times and in the face of a terrible war on our external borders, it is important for Europe to be united and for us to keep Europe united. It is good that Germany and Romania can rely on each other, especially now,” Gebauer said, according to a press release of the diplomatic mission sent to AGERPRES.

The German and Romanian Foreign Ministers, Annalena Baerbock and Bogdan Aurescu (photo), issued a joint statement on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Treaty on Friendly Cooperation between Germany and Romania of 21 April 1992.

“We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany and of Romania, express our satisfaction for the high level of the bilateral political dialogue and cooperation in various fields. We reiterate the commitment of both our countries to further deepen our bilateral relations, as well as to intensify our privileged partnership of strategic nature in fostering a strong and cohesive Europe united by the values of democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights, as envisioned by our bilateral Treaty,” the two Foreign Ministers said.

“We condemn Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine in the strongest possible terms and express our solidarity with the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people. As EU Member States and Allies in NATO, we reaffirm our commitment to European unity and stress our commitment for an even stronger transatlantic unity and its essential contribution to peace and stability in Europe. We wish to enhance our bilateral exchange on security and defense, as well as on Eastern Neighborhood, in support for the countries in this area, Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, and the Black Sea region. We are also determined to strengthen our cooperation in the field of energy security and in the areas of research, scientific cooperation and innovation,” the German and Romanian Foreign Ministers added in the joint statement released on Thursday.

They pointed out that in the last thirty years, after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Romanian-German friendship has grown, and much has been achieved.

“Our economic ties are stronger than ever, underscored by solid investments generating jobs and innovation. Our institutional and diplomatic exchanges have deepened and multiplied, contributing to the growing mutual trust and to the development of numerous concrete projects to the benefit of our countries and to Europe as a whole. Situations of unprecedented complexity, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, were surpassed based on the values that have built Europe: solidarity and unity.

Our cooperation during Romania`s first mandate at the helm of the EU Council in the first half of 2019, as well as during the German Presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2020, when we promoted together important subjects such as the protection of seasonal workers, represent significant examples of successful common work at European level,” Baerbock and Aurescu also said.

“At the same time, our bilateral relationship goes back much longer and the centuries old Romanian-German interactions provide a fertile basis, upon which we are building on continuously. Our close social and cultural relations are strengthened by our common cultural heritage as well as manifold civil society contacts, enhanced by the freedom of movement of persons and workers within the EU. Both the German minority in Romania and the growing number of Romanian citizens living in Germany are an outstanding cultural, linguistic, economic and human bridge between our societies,” the two Foreign Ministers added.

They also acknowledge the exemplary preservation of the rights of persons belonging to the German minority in Romania, which can serve as a model for the respect of minority rights.

“We also commit to further strengthening our social ties, especially among the younger generation, and, in doing so, expanding our cultural exchange.

Together, we want to take up new opportunities resulting from the topical transformation of our economies and societies and to adapt to challenges. Fighting climate change, overcoming the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and safeguarding peace, democracy, rules based international order, stability and prosperity require joint efforts and urgent actions. To this end, we want to strengthen European resilience and contribute to a successful economic and ecological transformation aiming at a sustainable, climate neutral and environmentally friendly future.

Building on the successful partnership between our countries and based on our shared vision and interests, we want to cooperate even closer in ensuring the green transition and resetting our economies towards a more sustainable approach, in energy as well as in fully exploiting the potential of digital transformation. We are committed to further developing the potential for sustainable growth and innovation of our economies,” the two officials also maintained in the joint statement issue on Thursday.

According to the Foreign Ministers, thirty years of Romanian-German friendship “are both an achievement and an incentive”.

“Together we will continue to stand up for Europe, for our European partners, for our friendship, and for increasingly stronger ties between our citizens,” the two ministers also stated.


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