Secretary of State Ciamba in the US: Black Sea is important for entire Euro-Atlantic space

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The Black Sea is important for the entire Euro-Atlantic space, not only for regional security, as the sturdy presence of the US and NATO in the Black Sea region, as well as on the entire eastern flank of the Alliance, is essential to regional stability and the prevention of security risks, Secretary of State George Ciamba said on Thursday in Washington DC, within the seminar 'Emerging Tensions in the Black Sea and the Region's Importance to the West'.

According to a Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) release sent to AGERPRES on Friday, the seminar was organised in the US capital by Hudson Institute of Washington DC and the Romanian think tank New Strategy Center.

In a speech delivered, Secretary of State George Ciamba highlighted the importance of the decisions adopted in NATO's summits of Wales (2014) and Warsaw (2016), particularly in respect to ensuring the US and allied presence on the eastern flank and increasing security in the strategic region of the Black Sea, on the grounds of the current security challenges.

George Ciamba pointed out the need to grant consistent support to regional partners, mainly to the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia, aimed at increasing their resilience to external pressures, hybrid threats included.

On the side-lines of the event, Secretary of State George Ciamba had a meeting with Kenneth Weinstein, Hudson Institute President and CEO, Douglas Feith, director of the centre for security strategies, former under-secretary of defence, as well as with other members of the institute leadership, the release mentions. AGERPRES (RO — author: Livia Popescu, editor: Mihai Simionescu; EN — author: Adina Panaitescu, editor: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu)

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