PM Ponta met U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel, Secretary of Commerce Pritzker

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While on the USA on Wednesday, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta met Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon to discuss NATO and coalition operations, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. The quoted source reported that Hagel thanked Ponta for the Romanian government’s offer to commit more troops to the mission in Afghanistan, as well as Romania’s continued strong support in other NATO and coalition activities.

Kirby noted that Hagel and Ponta met briefly last June when the secretary travelled to Constanta, Romania, to thank U.S. and coalition troops at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base.

“In his concluding remarks, Minister Ponta thanked Secretary Hagel for his attention to Black Sea security issues and his stewardship of the Department of Defense during a period of unrest for NATO allies,” Kirby said.

Victor Ponta also had a working meeting with US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, the Government informed. The two officials agreed that an economic mission’s visit should take place in Romania in May. The visit would prospect potential partnerships on information technology and cyber security.

According to the aforementioned source, the US Secretary of Commerce hailed the recent measures taken by the Romanian Executive regarding ‘the Coalition for Romania’s Development” framework due to improve the business environment in Romania.

“The two officials agreed the main priorities for the upcoming stage of the Action Plan on the bilateral cooperation in the economic and commercial area, such as energy, cyber security, strengthening the administrative capacity, that should meet the business environment’s needs,” the Government reported.

Moreover, the Romanian Prime Minister and the US official reconfirmed “the common concern for enhacing the economic dimension of the Romanian — US Strategic Partnership, which is a priority to Romania’s Government.”


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