Bucharest, 21 July 2022(TDI): Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, met Irish Foreign Minister, Simon Coveney, on Wednesday. The meeting between the two leaders was held at Cotroceni Palace, the official residence of the President of Romania.
The two sides discussed ramping up cooperation between the two countries and enhancing the economies.
Moreover, they agreed to increase investment and trade exchange.
Substantive discussion between Romanian President @KlausIohannis and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence of Ireland @simoncoveney yesterday in Bucharest. Bilateral dialogue at the highest level. @Odobes1Luminita @IrishEmbBuch @HylandSonja pic.twitter.com/VAcrSggUuS
— Laurențiu-Mihai Ștefan (@laur_stefan) July 20, 2022
President Iohannis and Minister Coveney also discussed the security situation of Ukraine after the Russian Invasion.
In addition, the two countries reiterated their support for Ukraine at multiple levels. They also discussed EU enlargement, Supporting Moldava, and NI protocol.
“Ireland-Romania relations are stronger than ever.” Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence tweeted.
Very positive meetings today in #Romania. We focused on solidarity on #Ukraine, #EU enlargement, supporting #Moldova, NI Protocol & bilateral relations. Thanks @BogdanAurescu, 🇮🇪 🇷🇴 relations are stronger than ever! @dfa @MAERomania https://t.co/ZKjOL5oST1
— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) July 19, 2022
Meanwhile, The president of Romania also welcomed the Intergovernmental conference with North Macedonia and Albania in Brussels.
“Not a lot of people know, but, actually, Romanian is the third largest non-Irish population in Ireland,” The Irish Foreign minister said during a joint press conference with his Romanian counterpart.
Bucharest and Dublin enjoy good bilateral relations. The two countries established their diplomatic relations in 1990. Romania opened its embassy in Dublin in 1994. After that, the Irish embassy in Bucharest was opened in 2005.
The first Ambassador of Ireland to Romania was Pádraic Cradock, who served as an Ambassador from 2005-2008. The current Ambassador to Romania to Ireland is Manuela Breazu, who presented her credentials to President Higgins on the 23rd of November 2013.
Currently, Ireland is ranked 21st place in export and 17th place in imports in the Romanian trade with EU countries. Romania makes up the third largest expat Group in Ireland after British and poles. They are contributing to the economy of Ireland.