In the context of the steps taken at national level in order to manage and prevent the spread of the infection with COVID-19, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Internal Affairs organized, on March 3, an information session for diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in Bucharest.
The measures taken in this regard by the national authorities were presented by the secretary of state of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the head of the Emergency Department, Raed Arafat. In order to control and reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection in Romania, the secretary of state emphasized both the importance of the measures adopted by Romania, and the fact that these measures have been based on the data and analyses provided by the World Health Organization and by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. In addition, Raed Arafat stressed that the measures that have been adopted apply both to Romanian citizens and to foreign nationals who arrive in Romania from the affected areas. At the same time, the secretary of state underlined the efforts made to ensure a correct and transparent public communication, recalling that, at this moment, the Romanian authorities issue two newsletters daily, accessible on the websites of the competent institutions (Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs), as well as on the sites of Romania’s diplomatic missions abroad.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated its openness for a constant dialogue with the diplomatic missions accredited in Bucharest, in order to inform them about the measures applied by the Romanian authorities, and stressed the importance of coordinating the efforts in the process of managing and preventing the spread of COVID-19 infection at a European and international level.
On the side-lines of the information session, secretary of state Raed Arafat met with the ambassador of the Republic of Moldova in Bucharest, Mihai Gribincea. The discussions focused on the modalities of cooperation and assistance that can be provided by Romania to ensure the necessary measures for the protection of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, in the context of the spread of the infection with COVID-19
Press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, March 3, 2020.
Republished by Intell News Romania in English on March 13, 2020