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Corlatean: Securing strategic routes connecting Europe and Asia - a must for international community


The Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean stressed on Wednesday in Brussels the interrelation between the economic development, connectivity and security, fundamental aspects both in the EU and in the ASEAN, and which should rely on the observance of the norms and principles of the international law.

Titus Corlatean has had this intervention at the European Union - Association of the South-East Asian Nations (EU-ASEAN) 20th Ministerial Reunion.

So, according to the Romanian chief diplomat, the securing of the land, maritime or air strategic routes linking Europe to Asia is a must not only for the two regions but also for the entire international community, and the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines plane is an example in this respect, a release informs.

Minister Titus Corlatean also highlighted the implication of Romania in promoting the regional cooperation as a way to stimulate the economic progress and mentioned the outcomes registered by the 3rd seminar within the Asia-Europe Meeting/ASEM titled 'Water Management - Fostering Prosperity and Stability Through (Inter) Regional Cooperation', which took place on June 2 and 3 2014, at Tulcea (SE Romania).

In the sidelines of the reunion, the Romanian chief diplomat has had a series of bilateral meetings with his Asian counterpart: of Vietnam (Pham Binh Minh, deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister ), Myanmar (U Wunna Maung Lwin, foreign affairs minister), Philippines (Albert F. del Rosario, foreign affairs minister), Singapore (Grace Fu, 2nd foreign affairs minister and m minister in the Singapore PM's Cabinet), as well as with the deputy minister of Laos (Alounkeo Kittikhoun).

Minister Corlatean also had a bilateral meeting with the deputy of his Malaysia counterpart Dato' Hamzah Zainuddin, to whom he expressed condolences for the tragedy of Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight. In the bilateral plan, the two officials agreed to set political and diplomatic consultations, as well as an agenda of reunions at the chief diplomats' level with a view to develop cooperation between the two countries in the EU-ASEAN context.