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January 27, 2023

ForMin Aurescu thanks Portuguese counterpart Cravinho for Portuguese troops stationed in Romania

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu had a phone call with his Portuguese counterpart Joao Cravinho, thanking him on the occasion for Portugal’s “firm and active” support for Romania’s Schengen accession.

“Very good phone talk with my friend, FM Joao Cravinho, on the excellent level of Romanian-Portuguese cooperation in many areas, including eastern flank security. Thanked for the continued presence of Portuguese troops in Romania and for Portugal’s firm and active support for Romania’s Schengen accession,” Aurescu wrote on Twitter on Monday.

According to a statement of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Joao Cravinho expressed his disappointment at the result of the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on December 8, 2022, pointing out that the current deadlock must be broken. The Portuguese top diplomat assured that he will put effort into the European dialogue so that the necessary solutions are identified for a decision favorable to Romania’s Schengen bid is finally made.

The two officials also tackled the security situation in the region amid the Ukraine war, with Minister Aurescu thanking Portugal for its substantial involvement in efforts to strengthen the deterrence and defense posture on the eastern flank, through the presence of the Portuguese troops in Romania – “a clear proof of allied solidarity the Portuguese authorities have shown right after the outbreak of the war,” the cited statement reads.

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