Premier Sorin Grindeanu, French counterpart Edouard Philippe meet at latter's official residence in Paris

Romanian Premier Sorin Grindeanu was received on Thursday morning by his French counterpart Edouard Philippe at the latter's official residence at Hôtel de Matignon.

Sorin Grindeanu was greeted by Edouard Philippe on the steps of the building in a ceremony also attended by members of the French Republican Guard.

After shaking hands and posing for the official photos, the two Prime Ministers stepped in for a half-an-hour meeting in the French Prime Minister's office.

The two heads of government were to discuss the Romanian-French strategic partnership, beefing up economic cooperation between Romania and France, as well as the future of the European Union in the context of Brexit, official sources told AGERPRES.

According to the same sources, this is Edouard Philippe's first meeting with a counterpart since his taking office at the helm of the French government.

The delegation accompanying Prime Minister Grindeanu to the meeting with the French Prime Minister includes Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu and Romanian Ambassador to France Luca Niculescu.

After meeting with the French Premier, Sorin Grindeanu will make press statements at the Romanian Embassy in Paris.

Prime Minister Grindeanu's working visit to Paris started on Wednesday, when the head of the government attended the ceremony dedicated to Romania and Argentina's joining the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Economic Development (OECD). OECD Secretary General Jose Angel Gurría, NEA Director-General William D. Magwood, Romanian Minister of Public Finances Viorel Stefan and Romanian Ambassador to France Luca Niculescu also attended this event.

At the ceremony, Grindeanu said that he is very pleased to accept on Romania's behalf the invitation for the country to become the 33rd member of the Nuclear Energy Agency. The Prime Minister also said that Romania is fully prepared to start negotiations to join the OECD, based on its merits and economic results.

On Wednesday evening the Romanian head of government had a meeting with OECD Secretary-General Jose Angel Gurría. 

Source: Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES


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