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FM Aurescu: Staff shift needed in Romania’s embassies

FM Aurescu: Staff shift needed in Romania’s embassies

Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu considers “a staff shift” is needed within Romania’s embassies, especially at the leadership level, arguing there are many ambassadors “who have already concluded their usual four-year term”.

His statements came after he was asked about discussions regarding new ambassadors’ appointments, including ex-SRI head George Maior for Romania’s Embassy in USA.

“I won’t comment the news issued by sources, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a serious institution. A staff shift is needed in Romania’s embassies, especially in their leadership, as there are many ambassadors who have already concluded their normal term and must be replaced by other heads of mission. There are a consultation procedure both with the prime minister and the Presidential Administration on this topic. According to the Constitution, the procedure must be approved by Romania’s President,” Aurescu said in Cluj on Thursday.

Few days ago, local media quoting official sources was reporting that former Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), George Maior would be appointed as Romanian ambassador to Washington.

Asked Monday if he had proposed George Maior for ambassador to Washington, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said an announcement in this regard should be made by President Klaus Iohannis. “According to the Constitution, only the President of Romania may appoint ambassadors. I am now at the PSD offices and I am convinced the president will tell you,” PM Victor Ponta said.

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