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Romanian-Israeli joint governmental meeting starts today in Jerusalem

Consolidating the bilateral political dialogue and intensifying sectoral and strategic cooperation of Romania and Israel are the main objectives of a joint meeting of the two national governments to be held in Jerusalem on June 23 and June 24.

The Romanian Government reported in a press release issued in Sunday that chairing the meeting will be Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta and Israeli's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Featuring on the agenda will be mainly the latest developments in bilateral cooperation projects and actual proposals to boost them. Thus, aspects of the introduction of new cooperation platforms in the areas of science and research at the level of research institutes and agencies, industrial research included will be considered.

The bilateral dialogue will be intensified also by resuming cooperation in the areas of labour and social affairs, by identifying actions in the areas of public healthcare with direct impact on citizens, extending cooperation in Holocaust studies and the fight against extremist phenomena, anti-Semitism included, by promoting the culture of the two countries and consolidating contacts with the community of Romanian Jews living in Israel and the Jewish communities of Romania.

Main emphasis will also be placed on economic cooperation, in order to boost commercial exchanges between the two countries.

Also approached will be new options for consolidating sectoral cooperation in areas of interest to Romania and Israel, such as regional developments, agriculture, tourism, environmental protection, youth and sports.

Cooperation inside multilateral organisations will also be considered and opinions will be exchanged on international affairs of major interest and regional developments.

A governmental political declaration as well as a series of documents in the areas of foreign affairs, research and technological development, information technology and communications, labour and social affairs regional development, bilateral cultural and educational cooperation, Holocaust studies, environmental protection, healthcare, youth and sports will be signed.


Romania, Israel ForMins signed cooperation programme on culture, education, science


Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean during a visit he payed to Israel on Sunday met his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman, on which occasion they signed a programme on cultural, educational and scientific cooperation between the Government of Romania and the Government of the State of Israel for 2014-2017, the Romanian ministry said in a release.

The two top diplomats also signed a Cooperation Protocol between the foreign ministries of Romania and Israel, the release added.

Corlatean and Lieberman, during the talks, evoked the excellent phase in the bilateral political-diplomatic dialogue and reconfirmed the special tie established during 66 years of continuous bilateral relations as well as their two countries' determination to advance towards a strategic dimension of their cooperation.

The two ministers underscored the importance of holding the second common sitting of the Romanian and Israeli governments in Jerusalem on June 24 and spoke of the agreements to be signed by the ministries of Romania and Israel on that occasion and the significant number of projects envisaged by the two states for the next year.

Corlatean and Lieberman also assessed the measures discussed in the previous rounds of political consultations and agreed to step up the moves aimed to deepen the cooperation of their two ministries. They agreed to hold a round of bilateral consultations in the consular area.

They evoked the excellent cooperation on such areas as economy, investments, research and development, tourism, education and others, the ministry stressed.

The agenda of the talks also included issues relating the international files, with the two ministers swapping extensive views with emphasis on the phase in the Middle East Peace Process talks. Corlatean underscored the importance of continuing with the direct talks with a view to reaching a solution accepted by both sides - Israeli and Palestinian respectively.

The two ministers looked into the recent developments in the European Union's Eastern Neighbourhood, with special stress on the security developments in Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova's European route as well as the relation between the EU and Israel, the release said.