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Parliament convenes in joint plenary session on 25th anniversary of Romania and USA Strategic Partnership

Parliament’s plenary on Tuesday morning has convened  in a joint session to celebrate the 25th anniversary since the launch of the strategic partnership between Romania and the United States of America.

PM Nicolae Ciuca and other Government members, heads of diplomatic missions and business representatives have been invited to take part in the formal sitting.

The foundation for a new Romanian-American collaboration and Strategic Partnership was laid on July 11, 1997, on the occasion of US President Bill Clinton’s brief visit to Bucharest.

The partnership was aimed at consolidating bilateral relations, supporting the reform process and actions for Romania’s euro-atlantic integration, promoting Romania’s role as a factor of stability and security in South-East Europe.

Since its launch, the Strategic Partnership represented an essential landmark for the relations between the two states, as well as an efficient instrument of supporting internal efforts in political, economic, military and administrative reform, according to mae.ro.

On September 13, the Joint Statement for Strategic Partnership for the 21st century between Romania and the United States was adopted in Washington, an important document for the bilateral relations of the two states, which confirms the good cooperation at the level of the Partnership and established the pillars of the US-Romania relation: political dialogue, security, economy, inter-human contacts, science and technology, research, education, culture.

 

Speaker Ciolacu: Romania will always be a solid and reliable partner to the U.S.

 

Romania has been, is and will always be a solid and reliable partner to the U.S., Chamber of Deputies Speaker, Social Democrat leader Marcel Ciolacu said on Tuesday, noting that “the last few months have fully proven to everyone how important” the partnership with the U.S. is.

“Today, as we celebrate 25 years since the signing of the Strategic Partnership with the U.S., we can all see its importance for Romania. The invasion of Ukraine has shown the entire Europe that, in terms of security, our continent is still under the umbrella of the United States, and if we look at the new reality in the Black Sea region, we must acknowledge that Romania needs the U.S. and the protection it offers. In other words, Romania, like all the states on the eastern flank, is relying on its direct partnership with the U.S., and this represents the highest security guarantee for our citizens,” Ciolacu said at the joint sitting of Parliament dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Romania – U.S. Strategic Partnership.

Marcel Ciolacu mentioned that “the recent months have fully proven to everyone how important this partnership is and how much the military, logistical and intelligence support the U.S. provides to Romania and the entire world counts”.

“Romania has been, is and will always be a solid and reliable partner to the U.S., but this close relationship wasn’t built overnight, but is the result of a long series of joint efforts over the past 25 years. After the tragic event of September 11, 2001, Romania reacted immediately and declared itself a de facto ally of the United States in the fight against terrorism. The first Romanian troops arrived in Afghanistan, and a year later we were part of the US-led international coalition to overthrow Sadam Hussein’s dictatorial regime. Moreover, in 2016 Romania was among the first countries to meet the agreement with the U.S. regarding the NATO budget, allocating 2 percent of GDP for Defense,” Ciolacu went on to say.

He also remarked the Social Democratic Party has supported all these steps, having understood from the beginning that in terms of security “Romania has the strongest ally in the United States of America”.

According to Ciolacu, Romania still has a lot of work to do on the economic and political chapter of this partnership and his obligation is to see that this happens.

“We have a huge chance to develop the economic component of the Partnership, given that many American companies have announced that they are moving their business from Russia and Ukraine to Romania. This may be a viable solution for all these businesses, but we must be the ones to go towards the investors with very well detailed proposals, so that we can gain their trust,” Ciolacu advised.

 

Senate President Citu: Romania has shown it is reliable partner, it is time to be part of Visa Waiver Program

 

Senate President Florin Citu considers that Romania has shown it is a reliable partner and ally to the United States of America within the Strategic Partnership with this country and that it is time for our country to be part of the Visa Waiver Program.

“Romania has shown it is a reliable partner and ally. It is time, along with our partners, to take this Strategic Partnership to the next level. Let us work pragmatically and more efficiently in order to include Romania in the Visa Waiver Program. It is time for Romanians and Romania to be part of this program. I thank and ‘Many happy returns to the Strategic Partnership with the USA!,” Citu said, on Tuesday, during Parliament’s joint plenary session, dedicated to the 25 year anniversary since the launch of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the USA

 

Parliament adopts Declaration on 25th anniversary of Romania-U.S. Strategic Partnership

 

Parliament adopted on Tuesday, with a majority of votes, a Declaration on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States of America, in which it undertakes to support the measures aimed at ensuring “in a unitary and coherent way” security on NATO’s Eastern Flank and in the Euro-Atlantic area, and supports the expansion of collaboration in areas such as defense, energy, communications, new technologies, combating hybrid threats.

“On the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States, the Romanian Parliament: reaffirms the relevance and validity of the principles on which the Strategic Partnership is based, namely the joint commitment to the values and institutions of democracy, the rule of law and the rights and fundamental human freedoms, and the common recognition of Romania’s relevant role in South-Eastern Europe in promoting these values and principles, underlines the strong commitment of the Romanian Parliament to the Romania-U.S. Strategic Partnership, which constitutes and will remain one of the fundamental pillars of the foreign and security policy of the Romanian state; recognizes the benefits of the successful implementation of the mutually agreed steps in the Strategic Partnership,” reads the Declaration.

The document also specifies that Parliament supports “the deepening and expansion of the Strategic Partnership, the boosting of its strategic relevance, by expanding collaboration in areas such as defense, energy, communications, new technologies, combating hybrid threats.”

Parliament also pledges to support, in its legislative activity and through the means of parliamentary diplomacy, the measures aimed at ensuring security “in a unified and coherent manner” on NATO’s Eastern Flank and in the Euro-Atlantic area, “including by increasing the U.S. military presence in Romania, and “is confident that these bring long-term mutual benefits and strengthen transatlantic ties.”

“Parliament reiterates its determination to support the close contact and coordination with the United States, united in the will to uphold the rules-based international order that is essential to maintaining world peace and security, safeguarding democracy and ensuring the security of global food supply in the context of Russia’s continued widespread military aggression against Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence,” the Declaration further mentions.

At the same time, Parliament emphasizes that the transatlantic relationship, which includes NATO, EU-U.S. cooperation and the European states’ bilateral relations with the United States, is essential for the security and prosperity of citizens on both sides of the Atlantic.

According to the document, Parliament welcomes the U.S. Administration’s commitment to democracy and “expresses its desire to strengthen and expand, in the spirit of the Strategic Partnership provisions, and through the specific means of parliamentary the ties with the representatives of the U.S. Congress, thus contributing to the promotion of the shared values of democracy, multilateralism, rule of law and the defense of human rights, both bilaterally and at the level of international organizations”.

Parliament also reaffirmed its support for the Three Seas Initiative and for the Rail2Sea and Via Carpathia projects, welcomes U.S. support, including financial and through a resolution of the House of Representatives, for this format of cooperation aimed at strengthening resilience in a key area for Europe’s security.

“Parliament welcomes the consistent involvement of the United States in the meetings of the Bucharest 9 Format, an initiative of the Presidents of Romania and Poland, a platform intensively used recently for transatlantic coordination and the promotion of common approaches in strengthening Euro-Atlantic security, emphasizes the importance of interpersonal relations for the vitality and solidity of the partnership between the U.S. and Romania,” it is also mentioned in the Declaration.

In this context, Parliament welcomes the intensification of the dialogue on meeting the conditions for Romania’s inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program and expresses its interest in strengthening the interparliamentary dialogue on this topic.

“We express the hope that Romania’s accession to the Visa Waiver Program, a common goal of the two countries, will be achieved in the shortest time, being particularly important for all Romanian citizens,” the Declaration adopted by the Romanian Legislature further shows.

 

Compiled from Agerpres

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