US, Romania Discuss Strategic Partnership

Romania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu (left) and the United States Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken (right).

Washington D.C., 9 November 2021 (TDI): The US State Secretary, Antony John Blinken, met with Romanian Foreign Minister, Bogdan Aurescu, yesterday in Washington. The officials addressed issues of mutual concern and reaffirmed their strategic partnership.

It was emphasized in the meeting that US-Romanian cooperation requires enhancement of the political and strategic relations; mainly through extended American presence in the European region.

The foreign ministers also exchanged views on the US-Romanian bilateral ties, particularly encompassing security and energy dynamics. In addition, Blinken commended Romania for embracing the US-built Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) to create a sustainable environment.

The two leaders discussed the common challenges ahead of the Strategic Dialogue scheduled for today. The dialogue aims at enhancing the US-Romanian bilateral cooperation and promulgating shared interests.

During the meeting in Washington, Blinken aspired to advance bilateral relations with Bucharest as part of the US economic, security, and energy objectives. Similarly, Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu lauded the US’ commitment to building a modular nuclear reactor in Romania.

According to Aurescu, the two states are holding bilateral consultations to advance the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO’s) presence in Europe. The negotiations remark the significance of a new strategic concept on NATO to consolidate deterrence at the organization’s eastern flank, particularly the Black sea.

Washington is assisting Romania with the Three Seas Initiative (3SI), aimed at boosting trade and investments among nations that share borders with the Baltic, Adriatic, and the Black Sea. This eventually strengthens USA’s economic and political presence in the region as well.