American Ambassador in Bucharest, Hans Klemm, has stated at the Independence Day reception on Friday that the United States will seek to further broaden, strengthen and deepen the U.S.-Romania Strategic Partnership.
“We will continue to point to Romania as a model NATO Ally that is meeting, or exceeding, its commitments to the Alliance by investing in its defense, modernizing its capabilities, and contributing not only to regional security, but to transatlantic defense, and efforts to end conflicts in areas far, far away from Romania, such as Afghanistan. Together we will preserve and strengthen transatlantic links.”
Ambassador Klemm also mentioned the need to continue cooperation on security issues.
“We will continue our excellent law enforcement cooperation that ensures the safety and security of our citizens by fighting terrorism, organized crime, the trafficking of weapons, drugs, and persons, and the malign influence of hostile states. We will collaborate to improve cyber security and defend against hybrid threats.”
The U.S. ambassador has not forgotten to mention the need for democratic institutions and for an independent justice system.
“We will promote American values and applaud Romania’s embrace of a democratic future and its consolidation of its democratic institutions, including an independent Judiciary.”
According to Hans Klemm, the United States will encourage as well Romania’s contributions to European energy security, “including taking the necessary steps to enable strategic investments in Black Sea energy production, with the enormous potential here in Romania of becoming a regional hub of energy production and supply.”
In terms of economic ties, the U.S. envoy pledged his country will endorse “a stable, predictable, and transparent business and investment environment to attract American investors to Romania, grow trade between our two countries, and advance our mutual economic prosperity.”
USA also vowed to a deepened bilateral partnership on culture and education.
“We will explore ways to increase the exchange of artists, scholars, students, and scientists between Romania and the United States, building on the great work of the Fulbright Commission and the recent, very welcome decision by the Romanian Government to introduce a film production incentive program. We will commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and educate our children on the evils of anti-Semitism and extremism. We are grateful for the generous contribution of the Romanian government to the building of a museum here in Bucharest to celebrate the history of the Jews in Romania,” Hans Klemm stated.
“Romania has its own goals for our Strategic Partnership, and we will continue to endeavor together to realize those aspirations.
In conclusion, as we celebrate American independence, the centenary of Romanian unity, and the friendship that has existed between America and Romania over these past 100 years, I hope for an even stronger partnership as we together face the challenges, and the tremendous opportunities, that lie ahead,” the ambassador concluded.
Ambassador Klemm also mentioned several people “who left a lasting mark on the history of both countries, who built bridges between Romania and the United States,” among whom there were composer George Enescu, professors Matei Calinescu (professor of comparative literature at Indiana University, also Hans Klemm’s professor) and Liviu Librescu (professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech University, where, in 2007, he gave his life, barricading his classroom door from a gunman while his students escaped through a window), but also Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and winner of Nobel Prize for peace and gymnast Nadia Comaneci, who scored perfect 10’s at the Olympics.