President Klaus Iohannis will welcome on Wednesday morning the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Military Air Base in southeastern Constanta County, the Presidential Administration informs in a release sent to AGERPRES on Tuesday.
The two presidents will have official talks and will meet with the Romanian, French and other allied soldiers who are on Romanian territory during the allied effort to strengthen the deterrence and defense posture on the Eastern Flank, in the context of the deterioration of the security situation due to the illegal aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.
“The visit of the President of France takes place against the background of an intense bilateral political dialogue and within the broad framework offered by the Strategic Partnership between the two countries, as well as by the close cooperation at European and international level. Added to this is France’s recent decision to be a framework nation for the Allied Battle Group in our country and to participate with troops in it,” the source says.
The two presidents will discuss ways to further strengthen the Romanian-French Strategic Partnership, renewed in 2018 by signing, in Paris, by Klaus Iohannis and Emmanuel Macron, of the related Political Declaration, whose direction of development was detailed in the Roadmap signed in 2020.
Romania’s accession to the Schengen area and its active involvement in protecting the EU’s external border will also be addressed in the discussions, the Presidential Administration informs, adding that a special attention will be paid to coordinating the positions of the two states in preparation for the European Council meetings in Brussels, as well as the NATO Summit in Madrid, which will take place in the second part of June.
A priority topic on the agenda of the meeting will concern the evolution of the security situation in the region and the multiple effects of the war in Ukraine, along with the support given to Ukraine and the Ukrainian refugees, as well as the proposals related to the reconstruction of this country.
The two presidents will discuss the continued support granted to the Republic of Moldova, which faces numerous challenges generated by the effects of the Russian aggression in Ukraine, including by continuing the assistance efforts through the Support Platform for the Republic of Moldova, created at the initiative of Romania, France and Germany in April, the Presidential Administration adds.
Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia’s applications for candidate status for EU membership, as well as concrete support for their European integration, will also be on the agenda.
PM Ciuca to welcome French President Macron upon arrival in Romania, Tuesday evening, at Kogalniceanu military base
Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca will welcome, on Tuesday evening, at 19:00, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, upon the latter’s arrival in Romania, at the 57th Air Base Mihail Kogalniceanu, in Constanta County, the Government announced.