President Iohannis: We are a pillar of stability and a security supplier in the region

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President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that Romania assumes more actively its profile as a powerful state and a relevant regional actor. The head of state said that "we are a pillar of stability and a security supplier in the region."

"Today's ceremony is being carried out symbolically in an area with a special strategic importance from a military, political, economic, cultural and social point of view — the Black Sea Area. We have the duty to transform the entire potential of this region in real advantages for Romania. We are facing increasingly complex and volatile security challenges in the Black Sea area , such as a high degree of unpredictability and uncertainty. This is why, the decisions adopted by NATO are meant to contribute to the strengthening of the collective defence and deterrence measures, including in the Black Sea region, through the participation of riverside states. In the current context, Romania assumes more actively its profile as a powerful state and a relevant regional actor. We are a pillar of stability and a security supplier in the region. We are making consistent efforts so that the role of the Black Sea and its strategic importance be acknowledged by NATO and the European Union," Klaus Iohannis stated on the occasion of festivities organised for the celebration of the Romanian Navy Day in Constanta.

The President underscored that a state cannot be truly powerful if it doesn't have the capacity to protect its citizens and ensure security.

"We need an equipped and prepared army to successfully handle current challenges and this thing involves special efforts in terms of endowment and modernization. In this regard, the political agreement regarding the allocation, for the next decade, starting this year, of 2 percent of the national budget for Defence and the approval of the 'Romanian Armed Forces Endowment Plan 2017-2026' send a powerful signal of responsibility. Therefore, we show our partners that Romania is a credible and predictable state, determined to participate in ensuring collective security with its allies. The observance of this commitment on a long-term will enable the army to equip itself with state-of-the-art modern technology," Klaus Iohannis stated.

Strengthening security and defence on the maritime dimension remains the main focus of Romania's concerns, Klaus Iohannis underscored.

The head of state highlighted that for 2017, in the Black Sea region, not less than 18 exercises and complex training activities were planned, that were conducted together with Allies and partners.

Klaus Iohannis was impressed to see how many people have come to celebrate in Constanta this special day.

"It is the best proof of respect that you, the ones in the Romanian Navy, enjoy for your devotion (...) I congratulate you for succeeding in truly being, each year, in the midst of the people. It is an extremely important part of your public mission. I see many children who are eagerly looking forward to seeing exercises at sea. I know form my experience as a teacher that nothing compares to the satisfaction of capturing in the eyes of youngsters the enthusiasm and curiosity, which, often, inspire a future career," President Iohannis stated.

The head of state also said that such moments reveal how strong are the symbols that unit us, offering us the occasion to feel part of a large community.

"We are bound by our common history, but also by the aspirations for a stronger and more prosper Romania. This must be the spirit for the celebrations in 2018 of the Great Union Centenary, learning for the past and acting firmly for a better future," the President pointed out.

The head of state conveyed to sailors, whom this celebration is dedicated to, that "beyond the dangers of their profession, they experience happiness that many of us will never know."

President Klaus Iohannis, National Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu, Chief of General Staff General Nicolae Ciuca, military officials, central and local authorities are attending on Tuesday the celebrations which take place outside the Fleet Command in Constanta on the occasion of the Romanian Navy Day.

The Romanian Navy Day is celebrated on Tuesday in Mangalia, Braila, Galati, Tulcea, Giurgiu, Calarasi, Orsova, but also in Herastrau Park in Bucharest. AGERPRES (RO — author: Carmen Velicu, editor: Mihai Simionescu; EN — editor: Rodica Ionita)

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