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Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Meleşcanu, attended the meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs

The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Meleşcanu, attended, on March 31th, 2017,  the works of NATO's ministerial meeting that took place in Brussels. The meeting was the last one of its kind before the Special meeting of the Heads of State and Government in May 2017 and allowed a first exchange of views with the new Secretary of State of the United States, Rex Tillerson.

During the discussions, all allies reiterated the essential importance of a robust Transatlantic relationship for European and international security. In turn, the head of Romanian diplomacy underlined the particular importance of unity and solidarity of allied states, as well as of equally sharing responsibilities, as fundamental principles for enhancing Transatlantic relations. He pleaded for continuing the collective efforts aimed at the full implementation of measures taken within the Warsaw Summit, reiterating Romania's commitment of contributing to these efforts.

The discussions also focused on aspects related to NATO's role in designing stability beyond the Alliance's borders, in a comprehensive approach. In relation to the Southern side, a particular attention was given to the efforts aimed at fighting against terrorism, and an exchange of views took place on the security challenges in the Middle East and North Africa, on fighting against ISIL, the situation in Libya and the potential response of the Alliance, including by continuing and enhancing the assistance granted to strengthening defence capabilities. The discussions also focused on NATO's role in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans. The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs underlined the strategic importance of the Eastern Neighbourhood and the need for increased efforts in improving the resilience of the partners in the area (in relation to the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine), focusing on the internal and external pressures that they have to face. At the same time, he stressed the strategic importance of the Western Balkans and the need for an active NATO approach, including in light of continuing the enlargement process.

During the working lunch, the allied Ministers of Foreign Affairs, together with their counterparts in Sweden and Finland and the High Representative of the Union, assessed the implications of the military position and Russia's activities in Europe and in other parts of the world. They reiterated NATO's main position of dual approach based, on the one hand, on strong defence and deterrence and, on the other hand, on significant dialogue. In this context, the head of Romanian diplomacy underlined the importance of reciprocity, as a fundamental principle of dialogue within the NATO-Russia Council.

The last session of the ministerial meeting was in the format NATO-Ukraine Commission, and addressed aspects concerning the security in Ukraine, the state and perspectives of implementing the provisions of the Minsk Agreements, as well current and future priorities in the NATO-Ukraine relation. The Head of Romanian Diplomacy reiterated the unequivocal support of our country for Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, as well as for the further development of political dialogue and practical cooperation between it and the North-Atlantic Alliance. Minister Teodor Meleșcanu underlined Romania's strong commitment  to Ukraine and encouraged the Kiev authorities to continue the process of internal reforms, welcoming the progress made until now. In this context, he informed that Romania responded to the aid request addressed by Ukraine, by providing tents for managing the consequences of the explosions at the ammunition warehouse in Balaklia.

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