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French Minister of Foreign Affairs Colonna says her visit in Romania is another expression of the solidity of the strategic partnership

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis on Friday welcomed visiting French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

According to the Presidential Administration, the visit of the French minister takes place as part of intense high-level EU and NATO Romanian-French coordination and the 15th anniversary of the joint declaration on a strategic partnership between the two countries, as well as an increase in France’s contribution to the NATO deterrence and defence posture in Romania.

Iohannis emphasised the importance to Romania of the strategic partnership and its bilateral relationship with France, which is based on historical ties, strong friendship, cultural affinity, as well as dynamic co-operation and common interests in multiple areas.

Discussed at the meeting were recent developments in and prospects for joint economic, security and defence projects, as well as recent developments in the Black Sea region security, with emphasis on support to Ukraine, intensifying humanitarian assistance and facilitating grain exports. The need for further strengthening the sanctions against the Russian Federation was also approached.

The Presidential Administration says that Iohannis thanked France for supporting Romania’s efforts to join the Schengen area, as well as for its contribution to strengthening security and defence in the Black Sea region, especially by taking up the leadership of the NATO battlegroup in Romania as part of the NATO efforts to create a more coherent and stronger defence on its entire eastern flank.

Regarding the regional security crisis generated by the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, Iohannis highlighted its consequences at the regional, European and global level, with emphasis on security, energy and food security consequences.

He reiterated the need to keep up solidarity and continue the efforts of the international community to support Ukraine and mentioned Romania’s support to Ukrainian refugees and facilitating the transit of grain from Ukraine using Romania’s land and naval infrastructure.

Regarding the eastern neighbourhood of NATO and the European Union, Iohannis highlighted the need to continue active support for Moldova to help it face the challenges generated by the energy crisis and the security situation at its borders.

He welcomed the involvement of France, along with Germany and Romania, in the Moldova Support Platform voicing at the same time his support for the European integration of Moldova and Ukraine.

In her turn, Colonna praised co-operation between Romania and France and said that her visit to Bucharest is another expression of the solidity of the strategic partnership and of France’s interest in working closely with Romania to find solutions to the multidimensional consequences of the security crisis generated by Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.

Regarding Romania’s accession to the Schengen area, she pointed out that France will continue its firm support to Romania achieving its goal.

 

PM Ciuca meets French diplomacy head: Talks regarding France’s support for Romania’s accession to Schengen

 

Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca had a meeting on Friday with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna, who is on a visit to Romania, occasion on which the prime minister thanked for France’s firm support and commitment for Romania’s accession to Schengen.

According to a Government release, the visit to Bucharest of the head of French diplomacy foreshadows the anniversary, on 4 February, of 15 years since the signing of the Joint Declaration regarding the Romanian-French Strategic Partnership and, in the context of the celebration, in March, of 30 years since Romania has became a full member of the Francophonie.

On this occasion, the two high officials highlighted the special bilateral relationship between Romania and France, strengthened by “historical ties of solid friendship based on strong cultural affinities” and underscored the mutual commitment to enhance bilateral cooperation in the economic and investment area.

Moreover, the prime minister appreciated France’s substantial contribution, as framework-nation, to the NATO Battle Group in Romania.

Furthermore, the discussions also tackled the prospects of Romania’s accession to the Schengen area.

Prime Minister Ciuca thanked for France’s supportive standpoint in favor of Romania’s accession and the firm commitment to endorse Romania’s efforts to continue the path toward the accomplishment of this objective, the Gov’t release shows.

In this context, the Government head pointed out the “dynamic” steps which Romania took regarding the consultations with all European partners in view of identifying some solutions leading up to a positive result regarding Romania joining the Schengen area.

The talks were also aimed at the impact of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, highlighting the bilateral cooperation which supported the transit of Ukrainian grains to third markets.

 

Via Agerpres

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