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President Basescu is in official visits to Israel and Palestinian Territories

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Romania's President Traian Basescu will be on official visits to Israel and the Palestinian Territories from Sunday till Tuesday, informs the Presidential Administration.

On Monday morning Basescu will be received by President of the State of Israel Shimon Peres at the Beit Hanasi presidential residence. After the official talks with Peres the Romanian Head of State will go to the headquarters of the Government in Jerusalem, where he will make short press statements together with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


On Monday too Traian Basescu will go to the Cemetery of Israeli Heroes to lay a wreath at Theodor Herzl's tomb. He will also visit the Yad Vashem Memorial Museum of Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes.

Afterwards President Basescu will attend the ceremony during which they will light the Everlasting Flame and a wreath will be laid at the Yad Vashem Memorial to Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes.

At the Yad Vashem Memorial Museum of Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Basescu will also take part in signing the declaration of cooperation between the Presidential Administration of Romania and the Yad Vashem Memorial to Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes of Israel on combating discrimination, intolerance and anti-Semitism.

On Monday Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel Avigdor Lieberman will give a lunch in honour of the Romanian Head of State.

After the lunch Traian Basescu will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Wailing Wall. In the evening Shimon Peres will give an official dinner in honour of his Romanian counterpart.

On Tuesday Basescu will hold talks with the President of the Knesset of the State of Israel Yuli Edelstein and will visit the Romanian Orthodox Church Settlement at the Holy Places.

The Romanian President will also lay a wreath at the mausoleum of former President Yasser Arafat.

About noon Traian Basescu will be received by President of the Palestinian Territories Mahmoud Abbas, with whom he will also make a joint press statement.

At Ramallah Traian Basescu will meet the representatives of the Romanian community in the Palestinian Territories. On Tuesday too, in Tel Aviv, President Basescu will have a meeting with the representatives of the Romanian community in Israel too.


In an interview Traian Basescu gave to Kol Israel radio station on Friday, January 17, the Romanian Head of State described the relations between Israel and Romania as 'excellent.'

'This is the main aim of the visit: the consolidation of the relations between Israel and Romania, which are excellent, but certainly very much solidarity can also be added to excellence,' said the Romanian Head of State, who, at the request of the radio station, made it clear that regional questions too would be on the agenda of the talks he is going to hold in Israel with high officials, President Shimon Peres, Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman among them.

 

Basescu: Romania unreservedly supports Secretary of State Kerry's initiative of peace between Israel and Palestine

 

President Traian Basescu said on Sunday, before leaving for Israel, that Romania unreservedly supported US Secretary of State Kerry's initiative concerning Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Romania being one of the countries that consistently backed the necessity to reach an Israeli-Palestinian agreement.

'A special chapter is set aside for Secretary of State Kerry's peace initiative and from this point of view I assure you that Romania unreservedly supports Secretary of State Kerry's peace initiative, the US involvement as a mediator between Israel and Palestine and finding a solution to meet our old approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, ‘two states in peace and security',' said Basescu about the aims of his visit to the State of Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

The Head of State spoke about the instability around Israel and the Palestinian territories, against this background Secretary of State Kerry's peace initiative being an opportunity for ensuring peace in the region, 'an opportunity which, in our opinion, must not be missed.'

'Our main message will be that anytime a compromise between the two sides is better than not having safety and peace for one's own citizens,' said Basescu.

He informed that, during his official visit to Israel, he would meet President Shimon Peres, Premier Benjamin Netanyahu, President of the Knesset Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman.

Traian Basescu also said that one of the aims of his visit to Israel was scientific cooperation, especially the transfer of Israeli technology in medicine, and inviting Israeli experts to take part in the project on the laser at Magurele (southern Romania).


'Of special interest is the cooperation in the antiterrorist field and this why a delegation of SRI [the Romanian Intelligence Service] will be in my delegation, cooperation in the nonproliferation of nuclear arms and cooperation in the field of cross-border crimes. Last but not least, the cooperation of the Romanian institutions in combating trafficking in human beings and trafficking in drugs are some other aims of the discussions with the officials and institutions of Israel,' said Traian Basescu.

As for the discussions with President Mahmoud Abbas, the Head of State said that he would continue to consolidate the assistance Romania gives to the Palestinian authorities, both in training diplomats, foreign policy and in training experts. Starting in 2014, Romania offers 30 scholarships a year to Palestinian young people that should study in Romanian universities.

'Last but not least, the continuation of the assistance to the institutional construction, but also the humanitarian assistance Romania ensures to Palestine: in 2012-13 Romania's assistance was worth 400,000 euros, for 2014 we have ready a 100,000 dollar assistance for the Palestinian authority. I shall also discuss with President Abbas the humanitarian question of the more than 600,000 Palestinians who are in Syria's territory. As you know, Romania participated in the humanitarian assistance for the Syrian citizens,' said Traian Basescu.

 

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