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President Iohannis: SIE, one of Romania’s most advanced defence lines

President Iohannis: SIE, one of Romania’s most advanced defence lines

The Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) is “one of the most advanced defence lines of the Romanian state and of its interests”, said president Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday in a message marking the service’s 27th anniversary.

“I am aware of the difficulties you are facing, starting with the lack of human and financial resources up to a legislation that is not fully compliant anymore with the current security challenges. I notice the way that the institution has evolved during all this time, adjusting its training and intervention depending on the risk and threats and I can assure you that your efforts are appreciated and acknowledged for what it is worth. Such a complex activity like yours needs a maximum level of professionalism and dedication, experience and involvement (…) which must be seen not only among the institution’s employees but also at its helm. As military in a democracy, you have an extremely important role to defend it and the rule of law,” says the head of state, according to a statements issued by the Presidential Administration.

He added that SIE is an important structure of the national defence system and he delivered appraisals and thanks to the service’s representatives for their activity in Romania’s cause.

“Through its particular activity, you represent one of the most advanced defence lines of the Romanian state and its interests, while through your presence in hostile areas and by consciously assuming the risks, you are consistently contributing to underlying the security and foreign policy decisions. You are fully doing your job, with efficiency and reliability, while your professionalism is contributing to ensuring the Romanian state’s security climate,” the head of state’s message says.

The President also pointed out that SIE has defined itself as “a credible partner in the euro-Atlantic intelligence community.”

“Romania has multiple strategic interests both in the perspective of the strategic Partnership with USA and the European allies, and also with other regions, ranging from the neighbors up to the farthest ones in the Middle East and Northern Africa or Asia-all having as common denominator the high level of risks and threats,” President Iohannis stated.

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