DefMin, Atlantic Council delegation discuss two decades of Strategic Partnership with US

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National Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu on Tuesday had a meeting with a delegation made up of former ambassadors of the US to Eastern Europe, headed by executive vice president of the Atlantic Council Damon Wilson, a National Defence Ministry (MApN) release sent to AGERPRES informs.

On the discussion agenda there were topics such as the development of the security environment in the Black Sea area, the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the US, and the budget allotment for Defence of 2 percent of the Gross Domestic Product.

In the beginning of the meeting, Minister Tutuianu hailed the celebration today of 20 years since the launch of the Romania — US Strategic Partnership. It was underscored that on the defence dimension the cooperation with the US under the Strategic Partnership has directly contributed to strengthening Romania's Euro-Atlantic profile and remains essential in the current complex regional and international security environment, the release reads. As concrete expressions of the solid cooperation in the military area between the two nations, the National Defence Minister highlighted the anti-ballistic missile defence capability at Deveselu, the design and construction of the Romanian Special Forces, the multinodal transport hub of Mihail Kogalniceanu, as well as the complex joint training and preparation.

In this context, the Romanian side conveyed appreciations referring to the project initiated by the organisation, in collaboration with the "Carol I" National University for Defence, on the Black Sea topic, which generated a series of consistent debates on the importance of security in the region, in full accordance with the decisions adopted at the Warsaw NATO Summit.

Both delegations appreciated the excellent level of the cooperation between the two armies, both in the theatres of operations and in the military training and preparation process, the common opinion being that, in the future, this solid partnership relation will be deepened and strengthened.

A topic of the bilateral discussions was Romania's decision to increase the defence budget, "the Romanian authorities thus offering an example of determination and rigorous planning in respect to consolidating the Army's combat capacity, beyond the declarative level," the National Defence Ministry shows. The Romanian Minister presented the US delegation the eight strategic programmes which the Army has in view for implementing in the next period, in accordance with the real military operational needs.

Founded in 1961, the Atlantic Council represents an essential forum for analysing the changes in the economic and political area, through its worldwide network of leaders. The Council manages ten regional centres and functional programmes related to international security, shaping up the options of policies and strategies representing the vision of the North Atlantic Alliance. AGERPRES (RO — author: Oana Ghita, editor: Florin Marin; EN — author: Adina Panaitescu, editor: Rodica Ionita)

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