The Presidential Administration has issued a release after the talks between President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, reading that the President has stressed that the foreign policy should be characterised by consistency and predictability and that there are several red lines the political decision-makers have never crossed, irrespective of their political colour.
“President Iohannis has requested loyal and fair institutional cooperation. According to the legal and constitutional framework, this is the conduct that should guide all the Government actions, for the national interest,” the release reads.
The meeting between President Iohannis and PM Dancila was attended by Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu and deputy PM for strategic partnerships, Ana Birchall.
Main issues discussed:
- “President Iohannis said foreign policy should serve only Romania’s interest and it is necessary that domestic tensions on foreign policy should cease immediately, so that Romania remains a credible partner of the United States, of the European Union and NATO, as well as of other strategic partnerships;
- The head of state stressed that the foreign policy should be characterised by consistency and predictability and that there are several red lines the political decision-makers have never crossed, irrespective of their political colour. The change in the balanced and equidistant position Romania has had hitherto would lead to concern and anxiety;
- President Iohannis has requested loyal and fair institutional cooperation, in line with the legal and constitutional framework, as this is the conduct that should guide the Government actions, for the national interest;
- PM Viorica Dancila and the cabinet members attending the discussions have expressed, in turn, the opinion that a loyal institutional approach is needed in terms of foreign policy;
- President Iohannis underscored that the major foreign policy decisions, with strategic effects on national security and on Romanian citizens, should be always adopted with responsibility and discernment.”
PM Dăncilă claims foreign policy is among the Premier’s responsibilities
Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă said on Tuesday, during the meeting with President Klaus Iohannis, that her main responsibility is the implementation of the governing programme, including the foreign policy chapter.
“Romanian Prime Minister, Viorica Dăncilă, has had consultations with President Klaus Iohannis on foreign policy issues, developments in the Middle East, including the relocation of the Romanian Embassy in the State of Israel. On this occasion, the Prime Minister stated that, as head of the Government, who has as main responsibility the implementation of the governing programme, including the foreign policy chapter, the main objective is to support the interests of Romania and to identify the best ways to consolidate the role and profile of Romania at international level. She underlined that the launching of an analysis and evaluation process on the possibility of Romanian Embassy’s relocation in the State of Israel is intended to support the aforementioned objectives at a time when the US, Romania’s partner and main strategic ally, has made this decision, and several states are analyzing this proposal,” a press release from the Executive reads.
Also, PM Viorica Dăncilă pointed out, according to the quoted source, that the main element on which this analysis is based is the principle, constantly supported by Romania, regarding the solution of the existence of two states: Israel and Palestine, living together in peace, security and mutual recognition.
The prime minister reminded that Romania’s recent move at EU level was to reconfirm the joint commitment to a peaceful settlement that would seal the existence of two states, Israel and Palestine, and to avoid any unilateral measures that would have the potential to ruin the peace process.
“The elements proposed by Romania were in line with the language and conclusions adopted by the European Council on December 14, 2017 and in full agreement with the official position supported at national level, including by the President of Romania,” the Executive’s communiqué reads.
“In order to manage all these challenges as efficiently as possible, we need a moderate and balanced position from all the actors involved, and at national level, my presence today at the Cotroceni Palace is proof of the real support to this commitment and of the wish for continuity in the field of foreign policy,” the Prime Minister said, according to the press release, at the end of the meeting with President Klaus Iohannis.