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ForMin Diaconescu reiterates Romania's interest in Smart Defense

Romania's Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu on Monday welcomed President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Karl A. Lamers, to whom he reiterated Romania's interest in NATO's Smart Defense concept.

The Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) reports that the conversation between the two officials was held in the run up to the May 20-21 NATO summit meeting in Chicago and focused on a review of themes that are interesting in the perspective of the summit. Also discussed was the role of the NATO national parliaments in supporting the NATO objectives.

'Minister Diaconescu introduced Romania's priorities for the summit, highlighting NATO's interim missile defence operational capabilities, agreeing on a NATO strategy for Afghanistan after the transition there is over in 2014, continuing the development of NATO's partnerships and its open doors policy, particularly in relation to the NATO neighbourhood. He also reiterated Romania's interest in the Smart Defense concept, voicing hope that the allies will be able to agree in Chicago on several actual projects aimed to back up the NATO mission and activities,' reads a MAE press release issued on Monday.

Diaconescu also mentioned the NATO's involvement in stabilising the Western Balkans and security cooperation in the Black Sea.
Diaconescu and Lamers also discussed the latest developments in the Arab Spring.

Diaconescu voiced hope that the NATO summit will take important decisions that will adjust the Alliance to the new world security context, pointing to Romania's commitment to contribute to NATO carrying out its tasks as an essential player in the field of European security.