ForMin Baconschi highlights in New York Romania’s priorities related to NATO’s New Strategic Concept

Romania‘s Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi on Tuesday highlighted in New York Romania‘s priorities in relation to the NATO’s New Strategic Concept, also pointing to the significance of the incoming NATO summit in Lisbon.

The Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) reports in a press release issued on Wednesday that Baconschi attended an EU-US ministerial meeting on Tuesday, September 21, and a trans-Atlantic dinner hosted by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as part of the UN high-level meetings in New York.
Attending the dinner extended by the US secretary of state were foreign ministers of NATO and EU member states. The event offered an opportunity for informal exchanges of opinions on the most important issues on the trans-Atlantic agenda.

Talks focused on European security, particularly on NATO’s New Strategic Concept and the incoming NATO summit in Lisbon, NATO-Russia relations and the mission in Afghanistan. ‘The NATO Summit in Lisbon, scheduled for this autumn, will start off a decisive debate on consolidating the Alliance.
This will undoubtedly be the summit of the New Strategic Concept, a crucial moment to the strengthening of unity over the allies’ objectives and vision in the current context of insecurity and financial constraints,’ Baconschi is quoted as saying in the release.

Baconschi also underscored that Romania wants the European and Euro-Atlantic partners to keep focus on various areas of instability in the NATO’s neighbourhood, for instance the eastern neighbourhood, the Black Sea region, the Middle East and the Mediterranean area – to preserve the open-door policy and strengthen NATO’s cooperation with the EU, the UN and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
The minister also reiterated Romania’s determination to back the efforts of the world community for stabilising Afghanistan, including the civilian dimension of the mission and institutional formation.

The today’s schedule of Foreign Minister Baconschi includes attendance of a NATO-Russia informal ministerial meeting, and an EU-Russian Federation working lunch, as well as private meetings with counterparts from other countries and a meeting with the Romanian community of New York and officials of the main US Jewish organisations.
Baconschi is part of a delegation headed by Prime Minister Emil Boc that represents Romania in the events organised on the occasion of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, going on in New York September 21-24.

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