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Catherine Ashton will not attend Reunion of Romanian Diplomacy in Bucharest


Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will not come to Bucharest to attend the Reunion of Romanian Diplomacy that starts Monday 3 September because she has other engagements on her agenda, the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry informed Mediafax.


The visit of the high official in Bucharest had been announced a month ago by former foreign minister Andrei Marga, who said he had received a confirmation of the visit.The Foreign Ministry points out that “there was not a written confirmation of the high European official’s participation in the Reunion, but there had been a verbal agreement.” On the other hand, the ministry mentioned that they carry out “talks for a future visit of the high official in Romania, at a date to be established.”


The former head of diplomacy, Andrei Marga said in July that he addressed the invitation for the Reunion to the French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, who had also confirmed his participation.

The Foreign Ministry informed on 24 August that Fabius announced he could not be present in Bucharest on 3 September and cancelled the visit established with former minister Marga.


“On 3 August 2012, the French Foreign Ministry announced the Romanian Foreign Ministry that minister Laurent Fabius could no longer be present in Bucharest on 3 September at the Annual Reunion of Romanian Diplomacy (RADR), considering another engagement the French minister had, so the visit was postponed for objective reasons. At the same time we point out there was no written confirmation of the French official’s participation at RADR,” the Foreign Ministry told Mediafax on Friday.


The Reunion of Romanian Diplomacy will be held next week on 3 and 4 September and will be attended by Lamberto Zannier, the general secretary of OSCE, Grigol Vashadze, the foreign minister of Georgia and Oleg Efrim, the justice minister of Moldova.