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Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis’ Washington Visit

Eliot Sorel

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President Klaus Werner Iohannis of Romania had a most fruitful, week long state visit and an impressive press conference together with the President of the United States on Friday, June 9th, 2017. It was a memorable and historic event without precedent in the history of Romanian-American diplomatic relations that date back to 1880.

The dignity, precision, clarity and pragmatism with which the two leaders reaffirmed amicably and in no uncertain terms the importance of the European Union, Romania, US, and NATO relationships, and confirmed article 5 of NATO are the basis of renewed trust and the basis of solid collaboration for future endeavors.

This visit is noteworthy not only for Romania’s role in the Romanian-American diplomatic relations and their strategic partnership but also in the context of the Euro-Atlantic Alliance, NATO, and for Central and Southeast Europe economic development and regional security.

May this historic visit prove to be catalytic for new, positive initiatives, across economic, security, stability, and wellbeing for all people in Central and Southeast Europe as well as for the consolidation of friendship and collaboration of the enduring Romanian-American and the Euro-Atlantic alliances.

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Eliot Sorel

Eliot Sorel

Senior Adviser to the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award;
George Washington University
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