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Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă’s visit to the United States of America - participation in the inaugural session of the AIPAC conference

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the President and the Executive Vice President and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

 

On a working visit to Washington to attend the AIPAC Conference, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with Arthur Stark, the chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and with Malcom Hoenlein, Executive Vice President and CEO.

During the meeting, the importance of the transatlantic relationship for Romania and the personal contribution of the foreign dialogue partner to the strengthening of the bilateral relationship was highlighted. The Romanian official emphasized the importance of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the USA, recalling the advanced stage of the bilateral cooperation in the field of security and defence.

Moreover, Prime Minister Dăncilă presented Romania’s ongoing projects in the field of promoting the Holocaust education and combating anti- Semitism and thanked for the constant involvement of the American Jewish Committee in supporting these projects, the organization being one of the oldest transatlantic partners of Romania.

Prime Minister of Romania spoke about the attractiveness of the Romanian business environment and presented the legislation in force, including the one regarding the public-private partnership.

The officials voiced their appreciation for Romania's commitment to combating anti-Semitism and xenophobia.

They evoked the very good cooperation, for over three decades, between Romania and the organization they are leading, and they have announced their readiness to visit our country in June, accompanied by a delegation of business people interested in investing in Romania.

The president and vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations also highlighted the close cooperation between Romania and the United States, as well as the intense cooperation between Romania and the State of Israel. In order to strengthen the relationship with the State of Israel, the representatives of the Organization expressed the need to appoint an ambassador of Romania, expressing the perplexity that, although there is a proposal, this is delayed.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is an American non-profit organization headquartered in New York, that addresses issues of critical concern to the Jewish community. It comprises 51 national Jewish organizations, and it was found in 1956 with a view to conveying an unilateral message to the U.S. Administration.

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Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended the official luncheon held in honor of women leaders

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă who is paying a visit to the United States to attend an AIPAC Political Conference, was invited to an official luncheon held in honor of women leaders.

Attending the luncheon were Mrs. Cathy Mc Morris Rodgers, Republican, member of the Washington House of Representatives, Mrs. Stav Shaffir, member of the Knesset from the Labor Party, Mrs. Neera Tanden, member of the Democratic Party, President and CEO of Center for American Progress, members of the AIPAC Board, including the designated president Betsy Berns –Korn.

Several personalities attending the event evoked the fact that they have strong roots in Romania, their great –grandfathers were born in Moinesti, or in other areas of the country (for instance Stav Shaffir, Betsy Berns – Korn, Rodica Burg – AIPAC volunteer and many others).

Participation in this event offered the opportunity of an exchange of ideas on gender equality, role of woman in modern societies, promoting women in leadership positions, both in public offices and in private sector, and last but not least, exchange of ideas on ways to combat domestic violence.

The participants in the event hailed the announcement of the Romanian Prime Minister regarding the granting of Romanian citizenship to all Jews of Romanian descent who were obliged to renounce Romanian citizenship when they left their country during the Communist regime.

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Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the AIPAC leadership representatives

 

In the context of participation in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with the AIPAC President Morton Fridman, AIPAC Executive Director Howard Kohr, and AIPAC Director for International Relations Stephen Schneider.

During the talks, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă highlighted the importance of Strategic Partnership with the United States for Romania, as well as our country’s attachment to the partnership with the State of Israel. At the same time, Prime Minister highlighted the firm support by Romania of a robust transatlantic relationship as essential premise for ensuring common security and prosperity. In this context, Prime Minister outlined the opportune moment represented by the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council for the promotion of a positive agenda in the transatlantic relationship, based on dialogue and promotion of joint interests.

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reaffirmed Romania’s commitment to combating anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and any other forms of intolerance, this being part of the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of EU Council. The Head of the Executive further evoked the events devoted to this topic, organized under the aegis of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, in Brussels and in Bucharest.

Prime Minister presented the actions of the Romanian Government aimed at preserving the Holocaust memory and combating denial, mentioning among these, opening of a National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust in Bucharest, and the development of education programs on the Holocaust.

AIPAC leaders voiced their appreciation for the fact that the first event organized by PRES RO in Brussels was devoted to combating anti-Semitism and commended the Bucharest Cabinet’s measures regarding the opening of a National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust and the importance our country attaches to promoting education on Holocaust at the level of the entire Romanian society.

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Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended the inaugural session of the AIPAC conference

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended on Sunday, March 24, the inaugural session of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), at the invitation of organizers, as part of her working visit to Washington. It is the first time that a Romanian Prime Minister delivers an inaugural speech within this important international political forum.

Prime Minister highlighted Romania’s status as U.S. Strategic Partner and close friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă stated that Romania is one of the U.S. staunchest and steadfastest allies and outlined that the sharing of democratic values and principles remains the foundation of the Romania –U.S. bilateral relationship. The Romania –U.S. bilateral relationship is on an ascendant path within the Strategic Partnership, on all its dimensions – political, economic and strategic.

The Head of the Executive mentioned that Romania continues the special, strategic and economic relationship with Israel, which will be strengthened through a joint sitting of the two Cabinets to be organized as soon as possible. Moreover, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă stated that she is very determined to contribute to an increasingly closer relationship of Israel with the European Union.

 Last year, we celebrated 70 years of uninterrupted relations with the State of Israel, Romania being the only state in its region that, in 1967, made the historic decision to continue relations with the Jewish state. The Romanian Prime Minister pointed out that for our country, the links with Israel are, above all, organic, through the community of Israelis of Romanian descent, significant in number, and also through its contribution to the establishment and development of the State of Israel.

In this context, the first event organized by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union was devoted to the fight against anti-Semitism, an event held under the aegis of the European Parliament. Furthermore, by the end of the mandate of the rotating presidency, a similar event will be organized in Bucharest to mark the fact that we are united by common values and we want to ensure a better protection of the Jewish communities at European and global level.

Prime Minister also reiterated Romania's commitment to supporting the peace process and the identification of a peaceful solution.

AIPAC is one of the most powerful organizations in the U.S. whose declared role is to "strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in a way that strengthens the security of the United States and Israel." The U.S. Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu also attended the conferences in previous years. This year’s meeting was attended by the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Speech by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great honour for me, as Prime Minister of Romania, to address the honoured AIPAC Assembly. Israel and the United States are special strategic partners of Romania and great friends of the Romanian people.

Last year, Romania celebrated 70 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations with Israel. This is a diplomatic and historic undeniable fact. In the ’60s and ’70s when other countries interrupted the relation with Israel, we strengthened it. We did a correct thing, we did what was needed to be done because friendship has value when it’s needed.

We have remained an important voice during the peace process, especially the Camp David one, which led to the peace between Israel and Egypt. Romania shows its openness for the continuation of peace dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.

Currently, Romania continues its close, strategic and economic relationship with Israel. The friendship and the excellent relations binding our nations will be strengthened, during a joint meeting of the Romanian Government and Israeli Government, which we want to organize as soon as possible.

I am also determined to contribute to an increasingly closer relationship of Israel with the entire European Union, especially now, when Romania is holding the presidency of the EU Council.

As we know, U.S. President Donald Trump opened the Embassy of the U.S. to Jerusalem. This admirable and courageous step impressed me, the Cabinet I am leading, and the Romanian people. The relocation of the U.S. Embassy is emblematic and proves the strong link of values between the American people and the Israeli people.

Moreover, this gesture launched a refection process at international level.

The Romanian Government initiated an assessment process regarding the opportuneness of moving Romania’s Embassy to Jerusalem.

This is why, I am delighted to announce today, before the AIPAC audience, that after the completion of the analysis by all the constitutional actors involved in the decision-making process in my country and in full consensus, I, as  Prime Minister of Romania, and the Government that I am leading, we’ll move Romania’s Embassy to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.

Supporting Israel and the Jewish community is our constant preoccupation and I have to convey you the following important information:

The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Romanian Parliament Liviu Dragnea requested me to communicate you that he will promote in Parliament, in the next period, three particularly important laws for the Jewish community in my country and the world.

The first refers to lawful granting of Romanian citizenship to all Jews of Romanian origins who were obliged to renounce their Romanian citizenship when they left Romania during the Communist regime.

Secondly, we are talking about granting compensations and special pensions to the Holocaust survivors in Romania, as a sign of respect and recognition of the sufferings of these heroes.

Thirdly, we have the law guaranteeing the access to state archives, for the specialists of the Jewish communities federation in Romania in order to find out the truth on their past from the inter-war period.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am honoured to be today here to speak with the AIPAC leadership, a model of democracy and civic power.

The Romanian presidency of the EU Council strongly upheld the transatlantic relationship, the United States being the strategic partner that ensures Romania’s security.

We fought and we are fighting shoulder to shoulder with the American troops, anywhere we have been called, being instrumental in bringing freedom and democracy to those who need them. We are one of the few NATO allies that observed the United States’ desire regarding the allocation of 2 percent of GDP to Defence.

We support the Jewish community and the fight against any form of anti-Semitism, and against any form of hate speech.

The first event organized by the Romanian presidency of the EU Council was devoted to the fight against anti-Semitism, and we will be honoured to organize a similar event at the end of our mandate. We are united by common values and we want to ensure a better protection of Jewish communities at European level.

Romania will always stand with Israel, and you, of AIPAC, to make sure that our countries and organizations remain the same close partners in front of both challenges and opportunities to come.

I can promise you one thing: Romania shall remain the same loyal friend, and the strongest European voice in support of Jewish people and the State of Isarel.

As a conclusion, I would like to say the traditional greeting for all our friends:

SHALOM HAVERIM!

See you soon in Jerusalem!



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