Hans Klemm left Romania, new US Ambassador Zuckerman welcomed by FM Aurescu

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The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest has announced that Ambassador Hans Klemm has concluded his mandate and left Romania on Saturday.

“Thank you for the warmth you welcomed me with everywhere in Romania. Happy holidays everyone!,” said Ambassador Hans Klemm in a Facebook post.

At the same time, also on Saturday Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu welcomed the new U.S. Ambassador to Romania Adrian Zuckerman, for the presentation of the credentials’ copies.

Adrian Zuckerman was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 20.

During meeting, Romanian FM Aurescu reminded that the Romanians’ goal of utmost importance is Romania’s accession to the Visa Waiver Program.

The Foreign minister wished the new ambassador good luck in carrying out his term, while assuring him of all the Foreign Ministry’s support in this regard.

FM Aurescu also referred to the bilateral ongoing Strategic Partnership, which was enhanced particularly ‘after the very consistent and successful meeting of August this year between President Klaus Iohannis and President Donald Trump’.

On the occasion of this high-level meeting, the Strategic Partnership’s priority sectors were enhanced and Minister Bogdan Aurescu pointed out that a continuous follow-up process is needed, to allow the full implementation of the strategic decisions adopted, including in the area of energy security and the 5G area,” a MFA press release reads.

The regional security topic was also tackled during Aurescu-Zuckerman’s meeting, with the Romanian FM underscoring that “Romania is a trustful ally of the US, particularly involved and pro-active in the Black Sea region and highlighted the need to enhance the US military presence on Romania’s territory.”

Minister Bogdan Aurescu reminded the goal of an utmost importance for the Romanian citizens, the one of Romania’s accession to the Visa Waiver Program.

In his turn, Ambassador Adrian Zuckerman voiced his firm commitment to contribute to the development of the Strategic Partnership, saying that Romania enjoys the appreciation from President Donald Trump and the entire US Administration. “Romania cannot have a better friend than the US,” said ambassador Zuckerman according to the press release, praising the outstanding transformation of Romania within those 30 years since the 1989 anti-communist revolution. “Romania has become one of the US’, NATO’s most reliable allies , a EU member state with a robust democracy, with respect for the rule of law and the market economy,” the American diplomat further pointed out.

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