Sergio Mattarella-Klaus Iohannis talks at Quirinale Palace in Rome.
President Klaus Iohannis was received by the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella on Monday at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, on the agenda of the two heads of state being the Schengen accession, the cooperation within the EU and NATO and the situation of the Romanian community in Italy.
The two presidents held official talks in the presence of delegations of the two countries, followed by a luncheon offered by the President of the Italian Republic in honour of President of Romania.
According to a press release issued by the Romanian Presidential Administration, Italian President Mattarella told Klaus Iohannis that it is time for Romania to be a part of Schengen. In his turn, the Romanian head of state invited his Italian counterpart to visit Romania, while Mattarella announced he accepted the invitation.
Klaus Iohannis and Sergio Mattarella did not hold a joint press conference, as is customary for official visits. According to officials, it is a custom of the Italian Presidency not to have press statements.
In fact, the official reception was held without singing of national anthems and without the welcome from the Honour Guard.
The Romanian President also met the Senate Speaker Pietro Grasso, and had an encounter with representatives of the Romanian community in Italy and part of Romanian students at the Accademia di Romania.
The meeting with the Romanians living in Italy took place at Palazzo della Cancelleria in Rome. The representatives of the largest community of Romanians abroad crowded to meet the President, delivering messages and letters to him or wanting to receive his autographs or taking pictures with him.
Klaus Iohannis advised Romanians in Italy to be united and sympathetic, as they are in the good books, arguing that both the Italian president and the Italian Senate speaker were praising the Romanian community during the official talks with the Romanian delegation.
He told Romanians attending the meeting about his different approach to go in for politics:”less show and scandal which do not lead anywhere, and more dialogue that leads to results: less empty words and more reliability and patience.”
Klaus Iohannis is also due to meet the President of the Council of Ministers Matteo Renzi.
President Iohannis to pay visit to Vatican on May 15
President Klaus Johannis and his wife, Carmen, will be received on May 15, at the Vatican, by Pope Francis.
President’s wife, Carmen Iohannis said Monday night during a meeting with members of the Romanian community in Italy that they will return on May 15 in Rome to visit the Vatican.
“We’ll come to the Vatican on May 15,” said the First Lady, when asked by a priest when will they return to Italy.
President Iohannis: Joining the Schengen area and the rights of Romanians in Italy – issues on the agenda of my visit to Rome
President Klaus Iohannis said Monday, before leaving for a two-day official visit to Rome, that the agenda of talks with Italian officials includes Romania’s accession to the Schengen area and the rights of Romanians in Italy.
The visit to Italy continues the series of visits to countries with which Romania has strategic partnerships, said the president, adding that the visit is important from many points of view.
Iohannis said Italy is one of Romania’s main economic partners, also referring to the fact that a very large Romanian community lives in Italy.
“I will discuss ways to strengthen cooperation within the EU and NATO. In this context, I will address the issue of Romania’s accession to the Schengen area, as we did in all European capitals,” the president said on Otopeni airport before the taking off.
The delegation accompanying President Klaus Iohannis includes presidential advisers Dan Mihalache, Cosmin Marinescu, Ion Opri?or, Andrei Muraru, Lazar Comanescu and Foreign Ministry State Secretary George Ciamba.
President’s wife Carmen Iohannis is accompanying the president on his visit to Rome.