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Iohannis: We can boost cooperation with Lithuania, high-tech, financial technologies, cybersecurity envisaged

 Cooperation with Lithuania can be scaled up, as areas such as top technologies, financial technologies and cybersecurity are being considered, President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday in a press conference delivered in Vilnius together with his Lithuanian counterpart Gitanas Nauseda..

"We were pleased to find that bilateral economic exchanges increased by over 50 percent in 2021, a trend that was confirmed this year as well. I believe that we can boost our cooperation and identify new opportunities that can bring added value. To this effect, we envisage a number of highly potential areas of sectoral cooperation, including top technologies, financial technologies and cybersecurity. Furthermore, we agree that improved transport connectivity is a catalyst for enhancing business, tourism, cultural and inter-human relations, and we will focus on this priority," the Romanian head of state said.

He emphasized that bilateral relations with Ukraine are excellent and thanked Lithuania for supporting Romania's accession to the Schengen area and the OECD.

"The shared values, the similarity of interests, the coordination within the European Union, NATO and regional formats such as the Three Seas Initiative and the Bucharest Nine render the ties between Romania and Lithuania particularly solid and close," Iohannis said.

Lithuania and Romania support the EU's enlargement policy regarding both the Western Balkans and the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia.

"The Union and the member states must support the accession effort of the aspiring states, which in turn must prove political will and institutional capacity, as their success is based on merits and concrete results in terms of reforms," the Romanian President underscored.

Talks between President Klaus Iohannis and his Lithuanian counterpart also referred to ensuring the security of NATO's eastern flank.

"I reaffirmed Romania's decision to resume next year the participation in NATO's air policing mission in the Baltic area, from a base in Lithuania," added Iohannis. 



Friday, November 25, 2022