President Iohannis, British Defence Secretary Fallon discuss strengthening strategic partnership

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President Klaus Iohannis received on Thursday at the Cotroceni Palace British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, with whom he discussed subjects of common interest on the agenda of the North Atlantic Alliance, as well as bilateral cooperation on security and defence, a release informs.

"The two high officials affirmed their determination to strengthen the strategic partnership between Romania and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in this area, pointing out that the two countries have shared visions regarding the current security challenges," the release said.

President Klaus Iohannis highlighted Romania's firm commitment to NATO priorities, particularly those related to strengthening the Alliance's deterrence and defence posture, and the fair sharing of responsibilities among member countries.

The British Secretary of State for Defence praised Romania's efforts under the umbrella of the Alliance, stressing the importance of assigning 2 percent of GDP to defence spending, as an example to be followed by other allies too.

Regarding future negotiations in the Brexit context, the British official pointed out that the United Kingdom will remain firmly committed to European projects related to the continent's security.

"President Iohannis and the British Secretary of State for Defence welcomed the optimal unfolding of the Noble Jump 17 exercise that is taking place in this period in Romania, a multinational operation that is extremely important for testing the real-life response capabilities of the forces involved," the Presidential Administration said.

The British official voiced his country's intention to continue joint military training programs both under NATO auspices, as well as in a bilateral context.

President Klaus Iohannis commended the excellent bilateral cooperation between Romania and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the line of defence, and voiced appreciation for the support given to Romania in its efforts to strengthen the Alliance's eastern flank deterrence and defense posture. Iohannis also thanked for the presence of Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets and British troops deployed to Romania, as well as for their participation in joint activities in the Black Sea.

The British official is on a two-day visit to Romania. AGERPRES (RO — author: Florentina Peia, editor: Florin Marin; EN — author: Simona Klodnischi, editor: Razvan-Adrian Pandea)

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