ForMin Baconschi welcomes Japanese ambassador Amemiya on presentation visit

Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi on Wednesday welcomed Japanese ambassador in Bucharest Natsuo Amemiya, on a presentation visit, to review the priorities on the agenda of the Romania-Japan relationship, with emphasis on restarting cooperation at multiple laves, the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) reports.

Baconschi is said to have praised the Japanese Government for its decision to extend a loan of nearly 315 million euros for the construction of a metro main line in Bucharest to link the Victoriei Square to the Henri Coanda International Airport, which could become a flagship project of cooperation between Romania and Japan.

Baconschi and Amemiya also exchanged views on topical world issues, including the ongoing economic and financial crisis, voicing common interest in further consolidating cooperation within a multilateral framework.
The head of the Japanese diplomatic mission in Bucharest informed the Romanian Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure early this January that the Japanese Government had decided to grant Romania a Japanese ODA Loan worth 41.87 billion Japanese yens (nearly 315 million euros) for the ministry to carry out its project to connect the underground transit system of Bucharest City to the Henri Coanda International Airport.

This infrastructure project is said to be of major importance, valued at more than 1.2 billion euros, which will link Bucharest downtown to the Henri Coanda International Airport. This project sponsored by the Japanese Government is also a viable solution to avoid constant traffic jams and air pollution that are plaguing the capital city of Romania.


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