According to the same source, the head of the Bucharest diplomacy evoked the capital of sympathy Romania enjoys in Asia, due to a solid traditional presence in this region, pointing out that relations with Asia represent a major chapter of the Romanian foreign policy outside the Euro¬Atlantic space.
Baconschi also told the Asian heads of mission about the interest of Romanian authorities to identify a set of mutually beneficial strategic priorities, to reflect in an enhanced presence of Asian investors in the SMEs sector and large infrastructure projects.
The talks also approached regional issues, particularly the substantial progress made by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in implementing the ASEAN Charter, which came into force on December 15, 2008.
The Romanian official highlighted the significant role the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) informal dialogue process that joins 27 European Union member states and 16 Asian countries has in promoting bi-regional cooperation.
For Romania, participation in this bi-regional process is a new instrument for strengthening bilateral political dialogue with countries in the region, from the perspective of the new opportunities arising from its statute of European Union full member.
The Foreign Minister’s meeting with Asian ambassadors is part of the practice of heads of Romanian diplomacy sitting down with members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Bucharest with a view to promoting Romania’s objectives in the context of its being embedded in the Euro-Atlantic space.