In the context of his official visit to Washington, The Minister of National Defence, Nicolae Ionel Ciucă, held talks with members of the US Senate, namely Democratic Senator Jack Reed, co-chair of the Committee on Armed Forces, and Republican Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Committee on Internal Security and Government Affairs and Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation.
The talks were attended by Romania’s Ambassador to the United States, George Cristian Maior, and the Secretary of State and Head of the Department of Defence Policy, Planning and International Relations, Simona Cojocaru.
The discussions addressed topics related to the security situation in the Black Sea area, taking into account recent developments in the region, Romania’s commitment as a reliable strategic partner and ally of the US, as well as the future stages of bilateral cooperation in the field of security and defence. In this context, the Defence Cooperation Roadmap for the period 2020-2030, signed by the Romanian Minister with his US counterpart, was appreciated.
Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă and Senator Jack Reed argued the importance of the US presence in Romania to deter regional threats. In this context, the invitation to visit Romania was addressed during the next year, an invitation accepted by the American official, which underlines the interest of continuing and deepening the dialogue on topics relevant to the two allies in both Washington and Bucharest.
The interest in the security of the Black Sea, as well as in the continued excellent cooperation between the two countries alliedly and bilaterally, was also highlighted by Senator Ron Johnson. He reiterated his attachment to Romania and its allies on NATO’s eastern flank, underlining the interest in visiting our country again. Minister Ciuca thanked Senator Johnson for introducing a resolution in the U.S. Senate marking 140 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and the United States and expressed interest in shaping a U.S. Black Sea Strategy.