President Klaus Iohannis and his Georgian counterpart, Salome Zourabichvili, on Tuesday signed the Joint Declaration regarding the establishment of a strategic partnership between Romania and Georgia.
The declaration signing ceremony took place at the Cotroceni Palace.
Iohannis: Romania, one of the staunchest supporters of Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration
President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that Romania is one of the staunchest supporters of Georgia’s aspirations for European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
“Romania will remain one of the staunchest supporters of Georgia’s aspirations for European and Euro-Atlantic integration. I want to congratulate you on obtaining the European perspective at the European Council in June. Integration requires complex structural reforms, while an inclusive political system and the continuation of modernisation and democratisation efforts are mandatory items on the agenda of Georgia’s accession to the European Union,” Iohannis told a joint news conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace with his Georgian counterpart Salome Zourabichvili.
He gave assurances that Romania will be with Georgia throughout this process.
He also appreciated Georgia’s firm position regarding the imperative of continuing reforms.
Also, Iohannis pointed out that Romania continues to support Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations in accordance with the decisions of the 2008 NATO Bucharest Summit.
“As a concrete expression of our support, Romania will take over, from January 1, as NATO Contact Point in Tbilisi,” said Iohannis, according to Agerpres.
Our priority is the construction of an electric cable linking Romania, Georgia and Azerbaijan
President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that Romania is working with Georgia and other partner states on carrying out major strategic projects, showing that a priority is the construction of an electric cable linking Romania, Georgia and Azerbaijan, under the “Green Electricity Corridor” initiative that will connect the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea and the European Union.
“In our conversation, I agreed with the president that physical interconnections in the Black Sea have an essential role in consolidating the stability and prosperity of the region, through its sustainable anchoring in the European space. Romania is already working with Georgia and other partner states on major strategic projects. Thus, one of our priorities is the construction of an electric cable linking Romania, Georgia and Azerbaijan, under the ‘Green Electricity Corridor’, which will connect the region of the Caspian Sea with the Black Sea and the European Union. This would be doubled by a Romania-Georgia optical fiber undersea cable for the development of digital connectivity between the European Union, Georgia and, further, towards Central Asia,” Iohannis told a joint news conference with his Georgian counterpart Salome Zourabichvili at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
He also said that they are working with Georgia on commissioning a Black Sea-Caspian Sea freight corridor, an initiative of Romania.
“We are discussing the establishment of a regular Black Sea ferry line linking Romania to Georgia. It is an essential project to encourage trade and improve connectivity between the European Union and Georgia,” said Iohannis.
Only Ukraine will decide when, how and what to negotiate
President Klaus Iohannis also declared on Tuesday that only Ukraine will decide “when, how and what to negotiate” in the context of the war, showing that this is the official position of Romania and the EU, and some Romanian politicians must “read the press review more frequently to find out these positions.”
“Ukrainians are paying the price of blood in this war and we must all accept the idea that only Ukraine will decide when, how and what to negotiate. This position is our official position, it is the official position of the EU and probably some dignitaries from here must read more frequently the press review to find out these positions,” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Palace in the joint statement with his Georgian counterpart Salome Zourabichvili.
The head of state was asked about the recent statements of the Minister of Defense, Vasile Dincu.
Vasile Dincu declared on October 8 that negotiation represents the only chance for Russia to make peace with Ukraine.