Romania's ForMin Melescanu, Bulgarian counterpart Zakharieva voice interest in intensified bilateral economic cooperation

Romania's Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu on Wednesday welcomed his Bulgarian counterpart Ekaterina Zakharieva to highlight the excellent level of the bilateral relationship between Romania and Bulgaria as well as the need to intensify economic cooperation between the two countries.

"The two ministers" consultations revealed an excellent level of the bilateral relationship, a similitude of opinion on various regional, European and international files, as well as the timeliness of consolidating bilateral dialogue and intensifying cooperation at the European level, including both countries holding for the first time the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, with Bulgaria doing so in the first half of 2018 and Romania in the first half of 2019. Melescanu hailed the visit of his Bulgarian counterpart, saying that deepening bilateral relations with neighbouring countries is one of Romania's main priorities, and that the visit signifies the wish of both countries to consolidate and diversify their bilateral cooperation including by boosting the dynamics of their high-level political dialogue. Interest was also displayed in boosting bilateral economic cooperation by seeking new avenues to increase the volume of their bilateral trade and mutual investment," Romania's Foreign Ministry (MAE) said Wednesday in a press statement.

It added that the two officials mentioned the importance of the fourth joint meeting of the national governments of Romania and Bulgaria to be held this autumn.

Also highlighted was the importance of sectorial cooperation, with emphasis on the need to boost cross-border cooperation and cooperation to advance projects in areas such as transport and energy infrastructures.

Melescanu is quoted as underscoring an interest in the revival of trilateral regional cooperation formats, announcing that Romania on June 21 will host a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Romania-Bulgaria-Greece trilateral cooperation format.

About the future of the European Union, the two officials mentioned the need for a unitary and consistent approach, rooted in principles, of the current challenges on the EU's internal and external agendas, so that the European design may get consolidated along with the EU's global profile.

The two ministers also reviewed the latest developments in the Western Balkans, with Melescanu showing that preserving security and stability in the region is of essence, speaking in favour of the region being irreversibly anchored to a European path.

According to MAE, talks also focused on the latest developments in the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood, with Melescanu underscoring that Romania will continue to be a staunch supporter of Moldova's European journey and advocate in the EU the consolidation of European support for Moldova's officials based on the implementation of reforms.

"The support of the two officials for Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty was reiterated, with emphasis on the importance and need to full implement the Minsk Accords. Part of the excellent cooperation between Romania and Bulgaria inside NATO, Melescanu underscored the important role of NATO in fighting security challenges in the Black Sea zone and highlighted the need to fully implement the decisions passed by the NATO Summit in Warsaw and the subsequent ministerial meetings," said MAE.

Source: Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES


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