Comanescu: Romania will continue to be a firm player in promoting consolidated transatlantic relations

One of the most important issues in Romania's foreign policy is how it can contribute toward regional stability and the consolidation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Romania's Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu told Bucharest Security Conference on Friday.

At Poland and Romania's initiative, foreign ministers from nine Central and Eastern European countries and NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller convened in Bucharest early this week to discuss better cooperation between the NATO countries in the region along with consolidating security and defence in the member states, said Comanescu.

"Romania will continue to be a determined and firm player in the promotion of consolidated transatlantic relations and defence capabilities, countering threats and promoting stability. This is the reason behind the conference in Bucharest," Comanescu told the event held by the National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA) of Bucharest.

He added that he does not want such meetings to be misinterpreted as an attempt at regionalising security inside NATO, as the initiative offers a platform for dialogue and closer cooperation among the NATO member countries.

"Romania has a solid expertise in the region, in Southern and South-Eastern Europe,'' said Comanescu, adding that it is very important inside NATO as part of Back Sea security talks.

At the same time, Comanescu said that as far as he is concerned, the event is in furtherance of the decision made at the NATO Warsaw summit, the most importin in NATO's history to consolidate the eastern flank.

Source: Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES


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