President Klaus Iohannis welcomed, on Tuesday, his counterpart from the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, on the occasion of the latter’s visit to Romania, at the “Olt” 1st Training Battalion in Caracal.
The two presidents visited “Olt” 1st Training Battalion in Caracal and held joint press statements.
Portugal participates in NATO’s multinational force in Romania for the consolidation of the allied defence on the Eastern Flank, having a land force contingent stationed in Caracal.
The Presidential Administration said that the agenda of the two heads of state’s discussions would include aspects related to strengthening the Romanian-Portuguese cooperation in the defence area, as well as in the economic, commercial, digital agenda, renewable energy, health and education areas.
“The contribution of the Romanian community to the development of the Portuguese society will be hailed,” the same source shows.
Moreover, the security situation in Ukraine was approached, with a focus on intensifying the humanitarian assistance granted to this country in the context of winter, including to the Ukrainian refugees, as well as the support in facilitating cereal export. Also discussed were the continuation of the active support for the Republic of Moldova, which is confronted with numerous challenges, generated by the security situation at its borders and the energy crisis it must deal with.
The two presidents also approached the support modalities for the states that have voiced intention to access the European Union, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and the partners from the Western Balkans.
We are grateful that Portugal, an allied state on the Southern Flank, reconfirms allied unity
President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday stated that the presence of the Portuguese troops from the Southeast Multinational Brigade located in Caracal, together with the soldiers from the Republic of North Macedonia and the other allies, will bring an important contribution to strengthening the defence and security of Romania.
“The Portuguese troops from the South-East Multinational Brigade, located here in Caracal, together with the troops from the Republic of North Macedonia and the other allies, will bring an important contribution to the consolidation of NATO’s deterrence and defence posture on the Eastern Flank and to the strengthening of the defence and the security of Romania and our citizens,” said the head of state, at the 1st Training Battalion “Olt” in Caracal, which he was visiting together with his counterpart from Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
Iohannis stated that the invasion of Ukraine by Russia showed, once again, the ability of NATO and its allies to act firmly, solidarily and coherently both in support of the Ukrainian people, to reduce the severe effects of the war, as well as to strengthen and reassure Allies on the Eastern Flank.
The head of state thanked his Portuguese counterpart for the presence of the troops from this country in Romania.
“We are grateful that Portugal, an allied state on the Southern Flank, reconfirms allied unity and the belief that our common defence must be strengthened in all dimensions and directions. Thank you, Mr. President, for the presence of the Portuguese troops and for the excellent cooperation for the modernization of the Romanian Air Force,” said Iohannis.
He conveyed to the allied military that their presence and activity represent an important component in the efforts to strengthen defence in Europe and in Romania.
“The Romanian people thank you for your effort,” said Iohannis.
He said that allied militaries have the opportunity to prepare together and participate in military exercises in a multinational and dynamic framework, which will allow increasing the interoperability of NATO forces.
In the end, the Romanian head of state wished the troops Happy Holidays.
“I am certain that you will find here, in Romania, part of the warmth families give us, together with the Romanian military,” Iohannis said.
Compiled from Agerpres