President Klaus Iohannis met on Thursday at the Cotroceni Palace with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa to discuss prospects for bilateral cooperation, as well as the security situation at the EU border and ways to support Ukraine.
According to a release sent to Agerpres by the Presidential Administration, President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Antonio Costa welcomed the excellent bilateral cooperation which has seen a positive dynamics in recent years, “enhanced by cultural affinities, projects in various fields, convergent goals and close bilateral, European and international coordination of the two countries.”
The two leaders exchanged views on topical issues on the European agenda, dwelling also on the European Commission’s recent proposals for energy and defense, as well as for supporting Ukraine’s reconstruction process – which will also be on the agenda of the special European Council meeting at the end of May.
The head of the state thanked Prime Minister Antonio Costa for Portugal’s decision to join the multinational NATO presence in Romania with a contingent of ground troops.
“Through this gesture of solidarity and unity, Portugal has joined the common efforts to strengthen the allied deterrence posture on the eastern flank,” the Presidential Administration said.
The sides also welcomed the signing of the Romania – Portugal defense cooperation agreement.
The two leaders discussed ways to coordinate and continue concrete support for Ukraine and refugees from this country, with President Iohannis presenting Romania’s efforts in this regard.
In this context, ways to provide to the Republic of Moldova political support with its application for EU membership, as well as economic and financial help for dealing with the high number of refugees and the security challenges were also addressed.
President Klaus Iohannis stressed that Romania, together with France and Germany, will organize within soon a new meeting of the International Moldova Support Platform and invited Portugal to join these efforts.
The head of the Romanian state reiterated Romania’s support for Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia’s legitimate aspirations to become EU members.
In preparation for the NATO Summit in Madrid, President Iohannis underscored the importance of achieving ambitious results, so that NATO’s new Strategic Concept responds adequately to the serious security situation created on the eastern flank by the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine.
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