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Prince of Wales, welcomed at Victoria Palace by PM Grindeanu

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Prince of Wales had a meeting with Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu during a the second day of his visit to Romania, the first stop in a three-nation trip seen as an effort to reassure European Union nations that Britain remains a close ally.

The prince's nine-day tour is designed to "highlight the U.K.'s relationship with European partners" in areas such as military ties and combating human trafficking, according to his official website.

Britain formally triggered two years of negotiations to leave the EU on Wednesday.

Romania's Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu on Thursday welcomed visiting Prince Charles at the Government House to discuss the excellent bilateral relationships between Romania and the UK, particularly political and defence ties, along with the need for harmonised stances and interests of the two countries in the area of foreign policy, and the state of the Romanian communities in the UK. 

In a press statement released on Thursday, the Romanian Government quotes Grindeanu as having reiterated his message of condolences and full solidarity of the Romanian Government with the British people and government in the aftermath of the March 22 London terror attack. 

The Government says that another important topic discussed at the meeting was the state of Romanian communities in the UK, the majority of which are excellently integrated with eth host society. 

"HRH Prince of Wales voiced hope that the two countries will find new ways for cooperation in the fight against human trafficking, that will add up to the existing nine joint investigating teams," reads the statement. 

Grindeanu also thanked Prince Charles for his contribution to the advancement of the cultural heritage and natural riches of Romania. 

'The activity of the foundation under your very generous aegis in the areas of protecting genuine values and restoring genuine architectural gems is very precious to us. I want to thank you because through you efforts, foreign tourists and Romanians alike have rediscovered areas with autochthonous values that otherwise we might have forgotten. The craft centre at Viscri, which you opened in 2016, is an example of how the traditions of a nation should be preserved," Grindeanu is quoted as saying in the statement.

The Prince of Wales Foundation is a branch of the Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation in Britain, established by His Royal Highness with the purpose of extending the charitable activity to Romania as well. The mission of the Prince of Wales Foundation is the preservation of the architectural, cultural and natural heritage of Romania. Its main purpose is to offer opportunities for development, so that locals have more chances for employment or opening up small businesses.

Prince Charles is quoted as saying in his turn that his annual visits to Romania in the last 20 years are now a tradition, voicing his wish to get to know more wonderful areas in Romania. He said he would like to tour the Danube Delta and the northern province of Maramures. 

Prince Charles on Wednesday started a three-day official visit to Romania, his second in the past 20 years.



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