Foreign Ministry’s Secretary Ionita on Romania – U.S. relation: Satisfied with joint accomplishments, not success-weary

Foreign Ministry’s Secretary Ionita on Romania – U.S. relation: Satisfied with joint accomplishments, not success-weary

Romania and the United States share a strategic relationship of profound friendship and we are satisfied with what we have achieved together, but we are by no means success-weary, the Foreign Ministry’s Secretary of State for Strategic Affairs Daniel Ionita said on Wednesday at the launch of the postage stamp issue marking the 135th anniversary of Romania – U.S. diplomatic relations.

“Romania and the United States share a strategic relationship of profound friendship, a history characterized by strong ties, a shared, fundamental and unwavering commitment based on the principles and values of democracy, security and prosperity, as well as a valuable, durable and solid strategic partnership. We are at a stage characterized by significant progress on all dimensions of the strategic partnership. We are satisfied with what we have achieved together, but by no means are we success-weary. We have concrete results in many areas and we are working intensely on the completion, within the agreed time horizon, of all our previous commitments, including strategic projects such as the one related to the Deveselu missile facility,” said Ionita.

In turn, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Dean Thompson remarked that on November 18, 1880, Colonel Sergiu Voinescu, the first Romanian diplomat to be officially received at the White House as envoy of King Carol I, told U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes that Romania is an independent country internationally recognized as such.

The effigies of the two leaders printed on the stamp will bear testimony to the long-standing friendship between the Romanian and U.S. nations, that will span many generations to come. The mutual respect of the two leaders towards their independent nations continues to be a source of inspiration. Democracy, prosperity and security remain the most important values that allow each nation to progress and ensure its welfare, said Dean Thompson. More…