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Admin Antony J. Blinken And Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca At the Romanian Athenaeum

I don’t think that the two presidents could have imagined even then the extent that this partnership would grow and flourish – security, economic, people-to-people ties.   And as the prime minister said, we are steadfast Allies in NATO defending the values that individuals share, including when individuals values are under strike by Russia in Ukraine.   And we’ve built a strong and growing financial partnership, including with powerful new horizons around nuclear energy.   And of course, we now have ever-stronger people-to-people ties, since evidenced here today simply by some of the work that’s introduced us together: educational swap, cultural exchange, in so many ways connecting our countries over the last 25 years.
PRIME MINISTER CIUCA:   Thank you very much.
I’m joyful and proud to announce that our strategic partnership offers reached its highest amounts in its 25-year history.   Twenty-five years is a very important milestone, which makes us aware that in 1997 a brand new generation was born that was raised and grew with the tactical partnership.   I’m sure this generation will do the best to defend the values that we cherish – freedom and all the values that we share.   I’m sure that this generation, together with the Romanian people, fully appreciates the importance of the strategic partnership and our membership to NATO.
SECRETARY BLINKEN:   Prime Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich), thank you so much for welcoming all of us here this morning.   To you, to my friend Bogdan, the foreign minister, it is wonderful to be back in Bucharest.   As the prime minister stated, I was here with President Clinton when he and President Constantinescu announced the particular strategic partnership 25 years back.   It was a moment when the Romanian people inspired the planet with their own quest for independence.
PRIME MINISTER CIUCA: (Via interpreter) Mr. Secretary, Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, it’s a great honor and privilege to welcome Admin Blinken to Bucharest.   This is a milestone when we commemorate the 25th anniversary of our strategic partnership between Romania and the United States.   Quite glad to hear that 25 years ago, when President Clinton announced the launch of the strategic partnership here in Bucharest, you were here with your pet.
Mr. Secretary, we have an extensive cooperation in between Romania and the United States, and I would like to ensure you that based on our own shared values and passions.   Because the strategic partnership represents the fundamental pillar of our own security and foreign plan, we will continue to strengthen it in the future.
SECRETARY BLINKEN:   We will.   Thank you.
Many thanks very much, and I look forward to establishing our strategic partnership.
Of course the economic component of the strategic partnership is also very important, and I would like to prefer the increase of U. T. investment in Romania.   In this context, energy has become much more important than we would have thought a little while back.   I’d like to focus on the cooperation, bilateral cooperation, in the nuclear field, as well as the fact that the U. T. Government has committed to finance the number three and amount four reactors in Cernavodă with billion also highlights this strategic relationship.
Also the development of small nuclear reactors in Romania is extremely important, and this can also be a highlight of the cooperation between U. S. plus Romanian experts.   We have already chosen the location for these future reactors at Doicești.   There are also other directions of cooperation in the field of power, and we are looking at developing especially the wind source of energy.   All of these efforts will broaden and will broaden our capacity to become independent from the energy standpoint.   And of course Romania as a strategic partner offers its features to other partners and allies who don’t have the capability to create their own energy.
So it’s particularly wonderful to be back in this time when we’re working therefore closely together.   And I have to tell you, Prime Minister, a great way to start the day with this extraordinary place with a little bit of music, so I thank you for that as well.
I’m also happy that we can enjoy this particular exhibit together in a beautiful building, which has been a landmark in Romanian history.   Your presence here confirms the importance that the United States scholarships to the strategic partnership with Romania and the United States, and I would like to assure you how the Government of Romania will do its best to strengthen and expand this strategic partnership.
The political-military component of the strategic partnership is very important.   And your existence here today in Bucharest is in the context in which the ministry of foreign affairs of Romania together with Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) Aurescu have organized the particular meeting of NATO foreign ministers, a meeting which happens shortly after the Madrid Summit and for the first time since Romania hosted the 2008 NATO Summit in Bucharest.   Going back to the political-military element of our strategic partnership, I would really like to thank you for the Oughout. S. commitment to prevention, defense, and strengthening the eastern flank.


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