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Monday, 12 February

Lifting visa requirements, Romania’s candicacy for OECD membership, Romania –U.S. Strategic Partnership, on the agenda of Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă’s talks with the U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm

Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila welcomed the U.S. Ambassador H.E. Hans Klemm on a presentation visit.

On the occasion of the meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister and the U.S. Ambassador briefy reviewed the Romania-U.S. Strategic Partnership, noting its very positive dynamics in 2017 and its further development prospects.

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă voiced her firm commitment and that of the entire Cabinet to further expand and deepen the Strategic Partnership on all its dimensions, highlighting the special role  Romania attaches to its relationship with the United States in its overall foreign and security policy.

Upon reviewing the decisive aspects of the Romanian-American bilateral cooperation, the Romanian Prime Minister approached the discussion regarding the prospects for lifting this year the short-stay visa requirements for Romanian citizens travelling to the United States by including Romania in the Visa Waiver Program.

Further, the Romanian official emphasized the significant increase in the resources allocated by Romania to the armed forces’ endowment and the increase of their capabilities, voicing her belief that the procurement programmes will play an important role in the overall Strategic Partnership, being about to produce effects beyond the collaboration in security issues, including boosting Romania –U.S. economic cooperation.

Both officials expressed their determination to work together to strengthen the economic component of the Strategic Partnership, starting from the very good results of the bilateral cooperation in 2017.




In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila emphasized the Romanian economy’s openness to U.S. investors, encouraging the U.S. diplomatic mission to Romania to submit as soon as possible a list of the American companies that are interested in investing in Romania. Prime Minister underlined the importance of American investors to the Romanian market, highlighting the importance attached by the Executive to this major investment project. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă added that at the same time, the accomplishment and success of this project are essential for enhancing bilateral economic cooperation.

The Head of the Executive also outlined the consistency of Romania's candidacy for OECD membership, asking the US for support to advance it.

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă expressed concern over the drop last week of the Dow Jones index (of the stock exchange implicitly) and voiced hopes that this situation will not continue anymore as it would generate potentially global effects.

At the same time, on today's meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister extended the American side an invitation to participate, at the highest level ,in the ”Three Seas Initiative” summit meeting to be held in September, in Bucharest.

Ambassador Hans Klemm voiced his conviction regarding the continuation of positive dynamics in the bilateral relationship and the interest of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Bucharest in continuing dialogue with the Romanian institutions in order to implement the joint projects and capitalize on the opportunities offered by the Strategic Partnership for promoting the two partners’ values ​​and interests.

The U.S. Ambassador conveyed the US appreciation for the fact that Romania is promoting a gender equality model by appointing a woman at the helm of the Executive, and expressed readiness to support efforts designed to consolidate Romania and the Romania- United States relations.

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