Bucharest, August 31, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis asked the Romanian diplomats to come up with a strategy to strengthen and expand the Strategic Partnership with the United States, as it is “an essential pillar of Romania’s foreign and security policy” together with the goal of strengthening NATO and the European Union.
He stressed that the Strategic Partnership with Washington turns 20 next year.
“It is an opportunity to seriously reflect on what we can achieve together with our US partners in order to expand and strengthen it. I’m very keen on us developing a working strategy to prepare our relations with the next US administration, to strengthen security cooperation, including in enforcing the decisions of the NATO summit in July, to increase economic cooperation and investment in research, innovation, education, and, of course, we need to see real progress in our negotiations on joining the Visa Waiver program,” Iohannis said at the meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions, general consuls and heads of Romanian cultural institutes held in Cotroceni Palace on the occasion of the Annual Meeting of Romanian Diplomats.
The Romanian head of state also pointed out that there are steps already made in strengthening political and military cooperation.