The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Meleșcanu, had a working meeting on March 13th, 2017, with the group of heads of diplomatic missions of Asian states, accredited in Bucharest: People's Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Republic of India, Republic of Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Republic of Turkey and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
During the meeting, Minister Teodor Meleșcanu stressed the importance the Government in Bucharest gave to promoting the relations with the countries in the Asia-Pacific area, through a pragmatic approach that focuses on strengthening the economic cooperation in the trade and investment plan. In this context, the Romanian official highlighted the objectives aiming at strengthening the bilateral partnerships and recovering the traditional relations with the countries in the region, which are separate components of the foreign policy dimension of the Government Programme. They discussed about the ways of expanding and diversifying the multi-sectorial cooperation with the Asia-Pacific countries, highlighting the relevant cooperation in areas such as infrastructure, energy, IT and communications, agriculture and food industry. However, the meeting highlighted the common interest in a more efficient exploitation of the opportunities offered by EU's collaboration tools with the countries in the region.
The dialogue also occasioned an exchange of views towards a series of topical issues of the international scene, including the prospects of the European project, the Eastern Europe, the future of the transatlantic relations, the political and economic developments in the security field in the Asia-Pacific area.