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The second day of the participation of Foreign Minister, Teodor Meleșcanu, at the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the NATO member states (5 December 2018)

Press release

On December 4-5, 2018, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Melescanu, attended the ministerial meeting of NATO, held in Brussels.

The second day of the ministerial meeting began with a Western Balkans working session attended by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini. On this occasion, the developments in the region were analysed and the status and prospects of NATO relations with the partners in the area were discussed. The progress in NATO's "open door" policy has been welcomed, notably the progress made in implementing the Prespa Agreement and the start of formal accession negotiations with NATO with the authorities in Skopje. Also, the allies have expressed their openness to accept the reception of Bosnia and Herzegovina's first Accession Action Plan (ANP) from the Sarajevo authorities if they wish to benefit from this NATO accession instrument. It was also agreed that it is necessary to step up NATO’s support for the states in the region and their reform efforts and to address the security challenges in the region.

On this occasion, the Romanian Minister stressed the need for a constructive engagement of all regional actors, in accordance with their obligations and avoiding initiatives that could increase tensions and negatively affect regional security. He also emphasized the importance of a unitary message and synergy of action between NATO and the EU on the region, which Romania will continue to support firmly, including during its Presidency of the EU Council.

The Ministerial Final Session was dedicated to the situation in Afghanistan in the format of the Resolute Support (RSM) mission participants. On this occasion, the commitment to Afghanistan was reconfirmed by continuing the operational effort in the RSM mission, by providing the necessary funding for Afghan security and defence forces and by supporting the process of internal reconciliation. The Romanian Foreign Minister stressed that our country will continue to maintain an active profile and a significant presence in Afghanistan's theatre of operations including next year. At the end, the ministers adopted a joint statement on the RSM format on Afghanistan.

During the day, the Romanian Minister had a meeting with Wess Mitchell, assistant to the US Secretary of State for European and Euro-Asian Affairs. The two officials had an in-depth exchange of views on the status and perspectives of the bilateral relationship on all its components (political, economic and security). They also discussed the developments in the Black Sea region in the current context as well as how to manage the challenges in the area. Another topic discussed was the cooperation during Romania's Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Romanian Foreign Minister reiterating the crucial importance of the transatlantic relationship and the support for the deepening of the NATO-EU relationship in all areas of common interest.