Minister Bogdan Aurescu took part on Wednesday, on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Madrid, in an informal meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Foreign Ministers session, with the participation of the Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ayman Hussein al-Safadi, and of the Minister of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
Starting with Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine and its global implications, the allied foreign ministers had an exchange of opinions with counterparts from Jordan and Mauritania regarding the ways to efficiently respond to the shared challenges generated by the current security environment, as well as consolidating NATO partnerships, including with states from the Sahel region and the Middle East, according to a press release sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) to AGERPERS.
During the talks Minister Bogdan Aurescu highlighted that Romania is an “active promoter of the NATO partnerships policy, saying that these are essential instruments in promoting stability, not only for its members, but for the Alliance’s immediate vicinity and beyond”.
The Romanian Minister also pointed out the global implications of the Russian Federation’s illegal aggression, unprovoked and premeditated on Ukraine, which is felt in the NATO vicinity, both East, as well as South.
Aurescu highlighted the significant effects on regional and global stability, including global food security, through the blockade imposed on cereal delivery from Ukraine towards importing states. In context, the Romanian official presented Romania’s solid efforts in supporting Ukraine in transporting cereal, by also using Romanian railway and port logistics capacities, especially through the Port of Constanta. He also conveyed Romania’s efforts for expanding the capacity of Romanian ports from the Danube and the Black Sea.
The Romanian Minister also reaffirmed Romania’s commitment to the stability of the Middle East and the Sahel region, to strengthening the defence capabilities of NATO partner states, as well as to combating terrorism. He conveyed the growing concern about the security situation in Africa, especially in the Sahel region, and the importance of addressing the threat posed by terrorism as effectively as possible, through renewed and better coordinated international efforts.
In this context, Aurescu recalled the consistent support assumed by Romania for the stability of this region, including through its contribution to Operation Inherent Resolve and the NATO mission in Iraq. He also appreciated Mauritania’s important role in the stability and security of Africa and welcomed the adoption of a package aimed at consolidating the defence capabilities for this country.
The head of the Romanian diplomacy highlighted Romania’s constant commitment to the development of long-term relations with the countries of the Southern Neighborhood, advocating for an increased involvement of the Alliance in this region, in support of the stabilization process and the fight against terrorism. He underlined Romania’s active role for the stability of the region, including Romania’s holding of the NATO Contact Point Embassy in Kuwait, in order to support the Alliance’s public diplomacy activities and efforts in the region.
Bogdan Aurescu also spoke about the importance of public communication on the negative implications of this crisis provoked by Russia, including for the global food security which greatly affects countries from the Middle East and Africa.