Cooperation within NATO, discussed by George Ciamba with Italian Foreign Affairs Undersecretary of State

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State Secretary for Bilateral and Strategic Affairs in the Euro-Atlantic area with Romania's Foreign Ministry (MAE) George Ciamba and Foreign Affairs Under Secretary of State of the Italian Republic Vincenzo Amendola met on Monday and one of the topics tackled was the Romanian-Italian cooperation within NATO.

According to a MAE press release sent to AGERPRES, the Romanian State Secretary expressed interest in continuing the consolidation of the bilateral political dialogue, by carrying on the mechanism of inter-governmental meetings, Italy being one of Romania's strategic partners at EU level. He also saluted "the binding role of the Romanian community in Italy and of the Italian business community in Romania, that further enhances the traditional bilateral relation, based on historical and linguistic affinity between the two states."

The talks also highlighted the similarity of stances on several issues on the European agenda, both parties underscoring the need for a Union in solidarity of a common response to the challenges the continent is currently facing, reads the release.

State Secretary Ciamba pointed out Romania's resolute European commitment and the desire to actively participate in the debate regarding the redesign of the European project, welcoming, in the context, the speech of the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, on the Union's state and the strategic vision on Europe's future.

As regards the EU enlargement, Ciamba voiced support for pursuing the process, and pleaded for maintaining the EU commitment towards the Western Balkans region, whose security and stability is of direct interest both to Romania and the EU as a whole.

As for cooperation within NATO, the Romanian side stressed the importance of consolidating the Alliance's measures for strengthening security in Europe and the advanced presence on the eastern Flank, by reiterating Romania's pledge to allocate 2 pct of the GDP for the defence budget.

At the same time, both parties pleaded for intensifying cooperation on security and defence issues and for a balanced approach of the challenges in the EU vicinity, both to the south and east. In this respect, the opportuneness of the Romanian-Italian cooperation was given emphasis, including in the prospect of Italy taking over the the 2018 OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Chairmanship, MAE further specifies. AGERPRES (RO — author: Oana Ghita, editor: Florin Marin; EN — author: Simona Iacob, editor: Adina Panaitescu)

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