UPDATE President Iohannis tells German Chancellor Merkel Romania is stable country

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AGERPRES special correspondent Catalina Matei reports: Romania is a stable, solid country, with a functioning economy, President Klaus Iohannis said on Monday during the talks he had in Berlin with Federal Republic of Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"In respect to the political crisis back home, Mrs Chancellor naturally doesn't wish to voice an opinion, but we had a short discussion on this topic, and I believe I managed to send the message that there is a crisis inside the ruling coalition, however Romania is a stable, solid country, with a functioning economy, and that I asked all persons involved in divergent actions to find urgent solutions, which will undoubtedly happen," President Klaus Iohannis told a joint press conference with Angela Merkel.

Asked by the German journalists if this crisis in Bucharest would affect the European Union, namely the relations with the EU and NATO, the head of state showed that it has no effect whatsoever.

"It has absolutely no effect. Indeed, we have a domestic political crisis, which we have defined as a crisis inside the ruling coalition, the ruling party. Romania's European and foreign policy aren't influenced by this crisis under any circumstance. On the one hand, because in the first place these are areas which I represent and my interest is to very clearly delimit things. In the second place, because all Romanian politicians, regardless of their political colour, have the same stand as I do, namely that we need extremely solid, rational European and foreign policies, and in respect to these two points, interestingly, everyone in Romania opines the same," the president said.

President Klaus Iohannis is paying a visit to the Federal Republic of Germany over 19 — 21 June. AGERPRES (RO — editor: Mihai Simionescu; EN — author: Adina Panaitescu, editor: Rodica Ionita)

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