Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Meleșcanu, has today, on 14 March 2017, a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, Davor Ivo Stier, who is on an official visit to Romania.
Romanian Minister welcomed the visit of his Croatian counterpart, including in terms of its symbolism, given that 2017 marks 25 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and Croatia (29 August 1992), and that this is the first visit of a Croatian Minister of Foreign Affairs in our country in the last seven years.
The consultations of two ministers highlighted the very good character of the bilateral relationship, the similarity of views on many regional, European and international issues, and the desire of both countries to strengthen and diversify bilateral cooperation. In this context, they highlighted the importance of boosting bilateral political dialogue by organizing, this year, some high-level meetings.
Minister Teodor Meleșcanu expressed his desire to intensify bilateral economic cooperation by identifying new opportunities in terms of increased volume of mutual trade and investments in the two countries.
The two parties welcomed the role of catalyst played by the Croat minority in Romania and the Romanian community in Croatia for the bilateral relationship, expressing their appreciation for how the authorities of both countries agree to support national minorities on their territories.
Regarding the future of the European Union, the two officials highlighted the importance for an integrated, consistent, principled and cohesive approach in managing the current challenges EU internal and external agenda so as to ensure the consolidation of the European project and the EU profile worldwide. They also stressed the importance of further coordination of European affairs, including in terms of the membership of the two countries to the Trio Presidency of the EU Council.
They also reviewed the developments in the Western Balkans, Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs stressing that it is essential to maintain security and stability in the region and advocating the need to irreversibly anchor the region on its European path.
In this context, the Romanian Minister congratulated his counterpart for the chairmanship of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) and expressed Romania's support for its priorities.
Both officials expressed their firm support for further EU enlargement, with an essential role in ensuring stability, democracy and security throughout Europe, stressing the importance of maintaining the credibility of the enlargement policy among the candidate and aspiring countries.
The discussions focused also on the developments in the eastern neighbourhood, Minister Teodor Meleșcanu reiterating the fact that Romania would continue to be a strong supporter of the Republic of Moldova's European path and plead at EU level for a stronger European support for the authorities in Chisinau, based on the implementation of the reform agenda.
Regarding the situation in Ukraine, they reiterated their support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, highlighting also the importance and need for full implementation of the Agreements in Minsk.
Another topic discussed was the cooperation of the two countries within NATO. The Romanian party reiterated Romania's support for the message of solidarity and unity transmitted during the NATO Summit in Warsaw, including in terms of the commitment of allied countries to overcome the challenges that may arise and to continue NATO enlargement.
Photographs taken during the event are available at: http://www.mae.ro/node/40963.