Cotroceni reception on National Day: President Iohannis says great victories are possible if we are united, not divided


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President Klaus Iohannis has said that Romania can achieve great victories if the Romanians stay united and not divided, also hinting veiled criticism against incumbent ruling coalition.

The great victories of the nation are possible if we are united, not divided, if we have high aspirations, not personal goals, if we hold close to the democratic and civilised nations, instead of isolating ourselves from them,” the Romanian President told the reception held at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace on the occasion of the National Day of Romania, a reception attended by 800 guests.

The head of state pointed out that the Centennial of Romania is not only about remembrance of the past, but also about the present and the future.

“(…) December 1 is not only a national celebration, but also a European celebration. Solidarity, respect for the law, for the citizens’ rights and freedoms, give the European project consistency and have been fully adopted by the Romanian people. These are the values for which our country joined the European Union, out of a desire to enhance our democracy, regained with great sacrifices in December 1989, in an area of peace, prosperity and freedom. It is the bridge over time that connects Romania of today with the vision of the political figures who made possible a century ago the national ideal of the Great Union,” the head of state said.

He underlined that despite the dramatic circumstances that marked the course of our nation over the past century, Romania succeeded in translating into reality a great part of the its predecessors’ goals.

Romania could not have overcome the attempts of the last century, if it weren’t a unitary state. The Romanians could not have overcome the tragedies of the recent past if the Greater Union did not give us confidence in the future.  During only a half of these 100 years our nation was able to freely express its creative capacity, to walk on the path started in Alba Iulia on December 1918. And it wasn’t a day or an hour when those who have received the gift of the Greater Union stopped loving Romania,” Klaus Iohannis stated, while adding that Romania has continued to be loved within its borders and beyond.

The reception was attended, among others, by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and members of her Cabinet, former presidents of Romania Emil Constantinescu and Traian Basescu, heads of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), Eduard Hellvig, and Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE), Gabriel Vlase, representatives of religious cults, diplomatic corps accredited to Romania, members of the academic and civil society.

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