Ambassador Klemm on Patriot missiles purchase: We hope for an agreement by the year-end

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The U.S. ambassador in Bucharest, Hans Klemm, has stated on Tuesday that he hoped an agreement would be clinched with Romania on Patriot missiles purchase by the end of the year.

Attending an event at the National Library in Bucharest on Tuesday, Hans Klemm said that the statement that the Romanian state is interested in purchasing the Patriot missiles is a very promising piece of news.

He voiced hope that the two countries reach an agreement on the purchase by the end of 2017.

Klemm stressed that the USA are very grateful to Romania for the decision to increase the defense budget to 2 pc of GDP, in compliance with the NATO provisions.

The American envoy also talked about the US-Romanian business ties, reminding of the AMRO representatives being welcomed by PM Sorin Grindeanu in March.

Klemm added that another similar meeting would take place in autumn, even a larger one, informing that 100 US companies will come to Romania in October. The ambassador said that the cooperation field between Romania and USA range from “agriculture to defense”.

No Trump’s visit to Romania scheduled this month

As for rumours related to US President Trump’s visit to Romania, ambassador Klemm pointed out that he had no news about such visit being scheduled in Bucharest this month.

He explained that he hadn’t been informed from Washington that there would be any visit paid by president Trump to Romania in May.

I don’t know of any of his plan to come to Romania during this period. Of course, he is welcomed, ambassador Klemm said, adding that the American President would attend the NATO Summit in Brussels in May.

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