Romanian PM Ciolacu asked Israeli counterpart Netanyahu to facilitate humanitarian corridors in Gaza

240 Romanians blocked in Gaza Strip.

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Romanian Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu stated, on Tuesday, during the press conference held together with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that “Romania remains a consistent state in its relations in the Middle East”. “That’s why we are extremely worried about the increasing spiral of violence, with terrible consequences for the civilian population, both Israeli and Palestinian,” Ciolacu said.

240 Romanians who are in the Gaza Strip are asking to be helped to leave the Palestinian enclave.

“In such difficult moments partners and friends must demonstrate their solidarity. The Romanian society, the community of Israelis in Romania and the community of Romanians in Israel mourn, alongside you, Mr. Prime Minister, the innocent victims, women, children, young people in the prime of life following the terrorist attacks launched by Hamas. I convey our sympathy for all these losses of human life and for the many injured, among whom tragically there were citizens of Romanian origin,” Ciolacu told Netanyahu.

PM Ciolacu reiterated that Romania condemned the attacks committed by Hamas in Israel.

“Romania remains a consistent state in its relations in the Middle East. That is why we are extremely concerned about the escalating spiral of violence, with dire consequences for the civilian population, both Israeli and Palestinian. I want to assure the Romanians in our country that we maintain our attitude as promoters of peace, but we will unconditionally stand by our allies and friends in difficult moments, defending democratic values.

Romania strongly condemned what happened in Israel in recent days, the level of atrocities committed by Hamas, a terrorist group that holds the Palestinian population hostage to satisfy its extremist interests. In this context, the Romanian Parliament was the first legislative forum among democratic states to adopt a declaration of solidarity with the Israeli state in a joint session. Along with the international community, Romania calls for the immediate release of all hostages and kidnapped persons and to refrain from any other act of aggression, especially against civilian targets.”

“I conveyed to Prime Minister Netanyahu that in the face of these attacks Israel has the right to defend itself, in full respect of humanitarian law. I am calling for the facilitation of humanitarian corridors in Gaza. I am convinced that the entire international community will get involved in opening humanitarian corridors and providing necessary assistance to refugees. Mr. Prime Minister, last but not least, I would like to thank you for the involvement of the Israeli authorities and for the support given to the safe repatriation of over 2,200 Romanian citizens from Israel. In conclusion, I reiterate the necessity and urgency of a lasting peace in the Middle East and wish for a joint effort for the safe evacuation of Romanian citizens from the Gaza Strip. We hope that such moments will not happen again”, declared Marcel Ciolacu.

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1 Comment
  1. Panagiotis Spyridis says

    The amount of Romanian citizens in the Gaza stipe is impressive. We would like to know what are they doing there and the bigger question is if Israel, which is seen very favourably by the Romanian State, will respond.

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