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Former PM Dacian Ciolos confirms talks with President Iohannis early this year, denies any connection with Securitate or intelligence services

Former Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has confirmed, on Tuesday, meeting President Klaus Iohannis, with whom he discussed several topics of interest. Ciolos has also approached his candidacy for head of state.

Dacian Ciolos said on Tuesday he has had an informal meeting with President Klaus Iohannis about the economic and politic situation in Romania, capital.ro informs.

“I believe several weeks have passed, it was most likely at the beginning of the year. We discussed about the political and economic situation in the country. Mr. President wanted to find out our point of view. We discussed about the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union, as I have experience and about things that can be done despite the context we are facing. Generally, we have this kind of talks. It was an informal meeting. We have good relations after I’ve completed my term and these are talks of good sense between people who know each other and share common objectives,” Ciolos said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Asked about his candidacy for the head of state seat, Ciolos said: “It’s not a matter of adversity against anyone. If I run, I will do it not due to adversity, but to propose a political project and the Romanians can choose the best one. (…) I respect Mr. President, I cooperated with him and he supported me and I believe he shares the same ideals and objectives for a better Romania. This idea that I have some kind of conflict with Mr. Iohannis is probably useful for some people, but not for those who want to see things working better for Romania,” the former PM said.

Ciolos: No connection with former Securitate or intelligence services

Dacian Ciolos, ‘PLUS’ party member, said on Tuesday he has no connection with the former Securitate or with the intelligence services.

“I have absolutely nothing to reproach myself. I do everything with determination and I get involved in this project. I put forward my honesty, energy, competences to succeed with this political project to change Romania for the better. (…) I have never collaborated with Securitate or with the intelligence services. I am not sold to foreigners, I had and I have nothing to do with Soros or anyone else having whatever interest in Romania. Everything I’ve achieved professionally was achieved on my own forces, I had no support, I’ve done everything transparently. My father has been clerk with administrative responsibilities with the Militia before 1989, he retired being ill in 1987, I believe. He has died 20 years ago. I don’t see how my father could have influenced my career. I respect everything he has done and for his verticality I know he had behaved,” Ciolos said.

He also mentioned that his sister and his brother have chosen their careers as they wanted, without his influence or support. “My sister works with the Interior Ministry for more than 15 years, she is not a secret agent as the press wrote. As far as I know, she manages classified documents with the ministry and that’s all,” Ciolos added.

Referring to his wife, Ciolos said “she has no relative to have worked with any French intelligence service or politician.”

“My father-in-law has been warrant officer; he has retired for more than 15 years. So, he has nothing to do with any General or secret service,” Ciolos said.

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