Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu participated on Monday, January 25, 2021, in the meeting of foreign ministers of EU member states, which took place in Brussels.
The meeting addressed current issues such as the EU strategy for the distribution of vaccines to non-EU countries, the Navalnîi case and recent protests in Russia, transatlantic relations, recent developments in Turkey, the Gulf area, Hong-Kong, Venezuela, EU-Egypt relationship and others. Ministers also addressed issues of climate diplomacy and EU-UK relations in the field of foreign and security policy in an informal lunch discussion. Minister Bogdan Aurescu gave a presentation on the recent developments regarding the establishment and hosting by Romania of the Euro-Atlantic Center for Resilience (E-ARC).
European foreign ministers also had an informal exchange of views with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.
Romanian Foreign Minister Aurescu said that achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement and achieving tangible results at this year’s COP 26 meeting requires coherent and coordinated European action with the efforts of partner states and depends fundamentally on capitalizing on international partnerships with major strategic allies, but also cooperation with other developing countries. He reiterated, in context, the importance of the US decision to return as a party to the Paris Agreement. Minister Bogdan Aurescu also stressed Romania’s support for joint efforts to strengthen energy security and resilience, both at EU level and for partners, including in the EU’s neighboring countries, with a focus on Eastern Partnership countries.
The Romanian official presented to his European colleagues Romania’s initiative regarding the establishment and hosting of the Euro-Atlantic Center for Resilience (E-ARC) in Bucharest. It will function, in the first phase, as a national institution under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and will be open to the participation of other EU states, NATO or partners wishing to join the initiative, to coordinate actions and good practices in all relevant actors.
During the informal lunch, the Romanian Foreign Minister welcomed this first exchange of views on the future framework of EU-UK cooperation on foreign and security policy, stressing the need for in-depth internal reflection on this framework, with the constant involvement of EU foreign ministers.
Source: part of the Press release in Romanian, published by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania, link: https://www.mae.ro/node/54802
Published on January 25, 2021. Please read the complete Press release in Romanian, on the already indicated link of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania. Thank you very much. Republished by Intell News Romania in English on January 27, 2021