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Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu Meets His Greek Counterpart, Nikos Dendias

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Minister of foreign affairs Bogdan Aurescu met with the minister of foreign affairs of the Hellenic Republic, Nikos Dendias, in the margins of the Ministerial Council of the Organization of the Black Sea Cooperation (BSCO), which is taking place in Athens, on December 13, 2019.

The two officials welcomed the very good stage of bilateral relations, based on traditional historical and cultural links, but also on common interests at a regional and European level. At the same time, they appreciated the upward evolution of trade, which reached almost EUR 2 billion last year, and supported the need to continue efforts to use the existing potential for developing economic and sectoral cooperation, as well as mutual investments.

Bogdan Aurescu emphasized the need to strengthen the high level strategic dialogue between the two countries, including from the perspective of contributing to regional stability and security. In this context, he stressed the importance of celebrating in 2020 140 years of diplomatic relations, and addressed an invitation to his counterpart to pay a visit to Romania, an invitation accepted with pleasure by minister Dendias.

Minister Bogdan Aurescu highlighted the role of the Romanian community in Greece, which, together with the Greek community in Romania, are important elements of the bilateral relationship, which invigorates the cultural and economic relations between the two countries.

Minister Bogdan Aurescu also stressed the need for capitalizing the opportunities offered by the regional formats, including at a trilateral and quadrilateral level. Both ministers reiterated the common support of the European perspective of the Western Balkan states, namely the position that the discussion at an EU level of the efficiency of the accession methodology should not lead to blocking the accession processes already in progress.

The discussions of the two foreign ministers also gave rise to an exchange of views on topics of interest on the European agenda. Thus, the two ministers welcomed the fact that the results of yesterday's UK elections are likely to clarify the prospects for Brexit.

The two ministers also discussed the security agenda regarding the Black Sea. Minister Bogdan Aurescu stressed the importance of strengthening the Multinational Brigade in Romania and proposed strengthening cooperation on security issues between the two countries.

Finally, the development of bilateral cultural cooperation was discussed, including through the perspective of using the opportunities offered by the fact that, in 2021, the cities of Timișoara and Elefsina will be European cultural capitals, alongside Novi Sad.