Iohannis: We can be happy and proud to have Kogalniceanu air base

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President Klaus Iohannis professed being impressed on Thursday, by the "Mihail Kogalniceanu" Air Base, stressing that Romanians should be proud of it.

"I am very pleased that I could come to Kogalniceanu Base today and stay a little longer with the people here. I am very impressed, I had the opportunity to meet with the Romanian professionals, but I also met with the American professionals, British professionals, pilots, military personnel, civilian staff, and I was very, very pleasantly impressed that everyone has a very, very good level of training, they are real professionals and I think it is very important for the Romanians to have these people here, bringing a significant contribution to our security," Iohannis said.

"As a general message, I can say that we can be glad and proud to have this base at Kogalniceanu," the head of the state underlined.

He added that he has also been assured of the very good collaboration of the Romanian servicemen with the American and the British ones.

"I asked them how the Romanians collaborate with the Americans and the British and invariably, the answer was the same: we work very, very well, we are very well received by our Romanian colleagues, we are very well integrated, which has greatly pleased me and made me feel proud of our people who have managed to give our partners, our allies, the feeling that they come in a team of professionals and integrate very well," the President said.

At Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, President Iohannis met Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel.

"We have discussed a great deal of things, most of them related to the Black Sea region, the Eastern Flank, and I wanted to find out from General Pavel how the military perceive the whole complex. We discussed these issues at length and we also talked about money, more precisely, Mr. General wanted to say that he greatly appreciates Romania's stance of allocating 2 percent of the GDP for Defence," said the head of the state, who also met with the Romanian and English pilots who ensure the mission of the Strengthened Air Police.

Also attending the event were Chief of General Staff, General Nicolae Ciuca, and Presidential Advisor Ion Oprisor.AGERPRES(RO — author: Florentina Peia, editor: Claudia Stanescu; EN — author: Simona Iacob, editor: Maria Voican; online editor: Maria Voican)

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