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The Meeting between Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Press release

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu met with US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, in the margins of the Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels, on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. This was the first encounter between the two heads of Romanian and American diplomacy, since the new Government of Romania had started its mandate.

On this occasion, the Romanian Minister reiterated the determination of the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, of the Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and of the Government of Romania, as well as his personal determination to develop and deepen the bilateral Strategic Partnership and to increase the efficiency of the sectoral cooperation with the US.

The two senior officials, in this context, evoked the Joint Declaration of the Presidents of Romania and the USA, signed on August 20, 2019, adopted on the occasion of President Klaus Iohannis's visit to Washington, reiterating the interest of both parties in the recording of concrete progress in all areas of the Strategic Partnership, including defence, energy and cyber security, economic cooperation and investment.

The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs thanked his American counterpart for the constant support of the US in the NATO defence and deterrence posture on the Eastern flank, and underlined the need to increase US military presence in Romania, in the volatile security context of the Black Sea region.

At the same time, he reiterated the firm commitment of the new Government of Bucharest for the equitable sharing of responsibilities, confirming the continuation of the allocation of 2% of GDP for defence and Romania's participation in foreign military missions, an aspect particularly appreciated by Secretary of State Pompeo.

Minister Bogdan Aurescu gave assurances regarding the priority of the new Romanian Government on the operation of the two memorandums of understanding, memorandums that have been recently signed by Romania and the USA, in matters pertaining to civil nuclear field and 5G infrastructure.

The two senior officials reviewed the agenda of the NATO ministerial meeting and highlighted the importance of advancing the Alliance's adaptation process, in line with developments of the security context in the Euro-Atlantic region. The Romanian minister stressed the importance of implementing the Black Sea package of measures, adopted by the allied foreign ministers in Washington, in April of this year,. In this context, he mentioned the importance of increasing the allied participation in the Multinational Brigade in Romania, as well as the increase of the allied naval presence in the Black Sea, respectively of the air patrols.

The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs also made a synthetic presentation of the political situation in the Republic of Moldova and stressed the importance of the Transnistrian file for the security of Romania and NATO.

In addition, Bogdan Aurescu argued for Romania's accession, a strategic partner and dedicated US ally, to the Visa Waiver program.

Minister Aurescu invited his American counterpart to pay a visit to Romania, an invitation openly accepted by the latter.