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Romanian Foreign minister to visit Washington for talks on missile shield, visa liberalisation and economic cooperation

Romania's Foreign minister Teodor Baconschi pays an official visit to Washington on June 1-2, the Ministry announced in a press release on Monday. The agenda of the meetings will include an analysis regarding the stage of the Strategic Partnership, the stage of the missile defense system on Romanian territory, the economic cooperation, the liberalization of the visa regime, the bilateral legal framework and cooperation within international organizations. Discussions will envisage relevant regional aspects for Romania (energy security, the extended Black Sea region, the Western Balkans), as well as the cooperation between the two countries within NATO, including the theaters of operation in Afghanistan, and other matters of global interest.

Usually, this kind of visits prepare a visit by President Basescu to Washington.The leaders of the two countries have not yet had an official bilateral meeting but met as part of and on the margins of events, the last of which was a dinner had by the US President with CEE leaders in Prague.

During the two day-visit the head of Romanian diplomacy will have talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US National Security Advisor James Jones, and with Defense Under Secretary Michelle Flournoy. The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs has meetings with Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State under the Clinton Administration (1997-2000) and coordinator of the Experts Group on developing the New Strategic Concept of NATO, and with Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security advisor for President Jimmy Carter.Minister Teodor Baconschi also meets with representatives of the Romanian American community in the area of Washington DC, gives a lecture at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and attends a working breakfast organized together with the US Atlantic Council.



Tuesday, June 1, 2010