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Bucharest, Nov 9 /Agerpres/ - President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday said that after the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States of America, changes could be possible as regards the relationship with Romania, meaning the partnership between the two countries will get stronger.
He said that early on Wednesday he sent a congratulatory message to the new US President-elect, Donald Trump.
"I told him that I am, we are willing to collaborate so as to strengthen the partnership we share, the strategic partnership between Romania and the USA. In this regards we shall continue. If changes occur, it is possible to be changes, meaning this partnership gets tighter, because you well know that we share a three-component partnership: politics, security and economy. And, for quite a long time I've been saying that if the first two components function extraordinarily well, more economic collaboration is needed, and perhaps here we have an opportunity," said the head of state before attending an event at the Central University Library.
Asked by the journalists for his take on a statement by Donald Trump regarding a weakening of the US commitments toward NATO, and about a tightening of the US ties with Russia, Iohannis said: "Let us see the new Administration in place, let's see how his speech will sound like then and we'll realise very well what is it all about, but NATO, yes, there were some remarks and they, we have to admit it, have a huge true core. Did Mr Trump mean the fact that not everybody allots the resources a NATO ally has to allocate? We have all committed to allocate at least 2pct of the GDP for defence spending and the expectation that we all should do this seems reasonable to me. As you all remember, Romania ever since last year has strongly committed to allot 2pct of its GDP for defence spending as of 2017 exactly for this reason, so it became a solid partner within the Alliance," Iohannis explained.AGERPRES(RO - author: Florentina Peia, editor: Florin Marin; EN - author: Maria Voican, editor: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu)
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