I am very happy to be here this morning with Interior Minister David for the signing of an important bilateral agreement to coordinate our efforts to prevent nuclear smuggling. This agreement provides the framework for our two countries to collaborate together to detect illegal shipments of nuclear and other radioactive material, and will help keep these materials out of the hands of terrorists and criminals.
We will be working side by side with counterparts from the Romanian government to install modern radiation detection systems at multiple border crossings, airports, and seaports in Romania, and to provide related training, equipment, materials, and services as well. We also anticipate a range of other future activities in connection with this agreement including technical workshops, consultations, and information sharing.
This is an important step in my government’s global effort to foster partnerships to detect, deter, and dispose of dangerous radioactive materials worldwide. It is also another sign of the deepening Strategic Partnership between the governments of the United States of America and Romania, and our joint efforts to enhance our mutual security through these efforts. (September 15, 2008)