NATO Summit in Brussels: President Iohannis invites U.S. counterpart Joe Biden to Romania

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US President Joseph Biden has met his counterparts from Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on Monday, June 14, within the NATO Summit in Brussels. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has also announced at the end of the summit that he had two encounters with Joe Biden and that he had invited the U.S. President to Romania, with Biden replying that “he perfectly agrees” to having such a meeting.

“We had two short discussions with President Biden. The first one was right at the beginning, where, together with Polish President Duda we took the opportunity of saluting President Biden and to voice our content about his presence at the B9 summit. It was a consistent presence, he had a very solid speech and we obviously wanted to get assured that we still have a very solid strategic partnership, that we have the entire attention of the U.S. strategic partnership for the Eastern flank“, President Iohannis stated.

According to him, President Biden assured that “he is particularly involved in supporting Romania and Poland, in order to improve this relation”.

“In the second that I had with President Biden at the end of the summit I invited him to Romania, I told him I would like us very much to continue the very good discussion we started in 2015 when I first met and he was VP and that I want to strengthen the strategic partnership between Romania and the United States of America. He perfectly agreed to try to organise such a meeting and he assured me once again that he is very committed to this partnership,” Klaus Iohannis pointed out.

As for the NATO summit topic, the Romanian head of state mentioned that the decisions taken in Brussels meet Romania’s security interests.

“Starting with the NATO 2030 strategic reflection process launched in London in 2019, today we set out the major  action guidelines for the next decade, including by developing a strategic concept, (…) to further strengthen its military posture of deterrence and defence, enhance its political profile, increase engagement with partners, increase resilience and maintain technological advancement have reaffirmed support for a stronger, more appropriate, active and relevant Alliance. I want to emphasise that today’s decisions meet Romania’s security interests, and by the results we have achieved our major goals set for this summit,” Iohannis underlined.

He added that the achievement of these objectives is also due to Romania’s interactions and coordination with other allies, as well as capitalising of regional formats of dialogue and co-operation, namely the summit of the Bucharest Format (B9) and the Romania-Poland-Turkey trilateral meeting of foreign ministers.

“First of all, we have decided to continue to strengthen NATO’s posture of deterrence and defense. We have emphasised that collective defence remains the cornerstone of NATO. We have encouraged further efforts to do so, and have emphasised the need for the process of strengthening the Alliance’s posture of deterrence and defense to focus primarily on the Eastern Flank as a whole, in a coherent manner, with special attention to Black Sea security developments. NATO should have the necessary forces, structures and capabilities to respond effectively to the threats we face in the region, and we have highlighted and mentioned in the summit documents Russia’s aggressive and destabilising behaviour towards our security allies and partners in our neighbourhood. Black Sea security remains worrisome, and the recent build-up of Russian troops and defence technology at the border with Ukraine and illegally occupied Crimea is further clear evidence of that,” Iohannis said.

He stressed that the summit reconfirmed that the Black Sea region is of strategic importance to Euro-Atlantic security.

“We also emphasized that it is mandatory  to increase support and assistance for our partners in the Eastern Neighbourhood. My message is reflected in the final declaration of the summit together with the support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova. In the summit’s final statement, NATO’s support for democratic reforms in Moldova is mentioned,” the Romanian president continued.

Iohannis also pointed out that the summit set another goal for Romania, namely the need to increase resilience and maintain NATO’s technological advancement, showing that they contribute to a stronger and more relevant global alliance amidst various challenges.

Romania is part of NATO efforts to increase resilience, demonstrating that it is ready to contribute consistently. Thus, I have informed my allied counterparts about the establishment and operationalisation of the Euro-Atlantic Resilience Centre. I am glad to be able to tell you that this initiative of Romania is regarded with interest at the level of NATO and allied states, being welcomed in the final declaration of the summit,” Iohannis added.

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