ForMin Diaconescu to pay visit to Washington

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Romanian Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu will pay a visit to Washington on May 6-8 in the first high-level bilateral contact after the new Democrat Administration took office at the White House, the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry announced in a release on Tuesday.

‘This visit is extremely important for Romania. We thus resume the top political dialogue with the American side after the change of administration. Our goal is to strengthen the strategic partnership between Romania and the U.S. and to pinpoint new projects on which we should work together in keeping with our potential and the mature relation that links our two countries’, Diaconescu said ahead of the visit.

The Romanian top diplomat will meet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. vice-President’s National Security Advisor Anthony Blinken, Undersecretary of Political Affairs and Secretary of Defence Michelle Flournoy and prominent members of the U.S. Congress – Richard Lugar, co¬chairman of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Benjamin Cardin, Solomon Ortiz, chairman of the Romanian Caucus in the House of Representatives and chairman of the Readiness Sub-Committee on the House Armed Services Committee, Joe Wilson, a member of the Caucus for Romania and of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Robert Wexler, chairman of the Sub-Committee for Europe on the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee.

The agenda of the talks will include the cooperation in the operation theatres from Afghanistan and Iraq and aspects of a priority interest in the bilateral relation, with special emphasis on extending the economic side of the bilateral strategic partnership. The visit will also be an opportunity for a detailed exchange of views referring issues of common interest on the international agenda, with special importance being placed on the developments in the enlarged Black Sea area, the release said.

The Romanian foreign minister will meet officials of renowned think tanks based in Washington. He will deliver a speech at the Atlantic Council think tank on May 7 on regional issues and he will visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum, an occasion on which he will hold talks with museum curator Sara Bloomfield, director of advanced studies Paul Shapiro and director of archive programmes Radu Ioanid.

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