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Trilateral meeting, Romania - Bulgaria - Greece, to be hosted by the Romanian side


Secretary of State for Bilateral Affairs and the Euro-Atlantic Strategic Space, George Ciamba, conducted on Friday a visit to Athens, context in which he expressed his desire to revive bilateral politico-diplomatic contacts, being mentioned in this regard the upcoming trilateral meeting at the level of the foreign affairs ministers of Romania - Bulgaria - Greece, to be hosted by the Romanian side, the Foreign Affairs Ministry announced in a press release .

Ciamba had consultations with the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Greece, Ioannis Amanatidis, met with the Deputy Minister for Greeks abroad, Terence-Nikolaos Quick, with the Secretary General for International Economic Relations of the Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry, Giorgos Tsipras, and with Ioannis Kefalogiannis - secretary of the Greek Parliament, member of the Standing Committee for Foreign Relations and Defence. 

"The talks with the Greek officials have emphasized that the bilateral relations are very good, based on the traditional relationships between the two countries, on the similarity of views on regional and joint interest European cases and the presence of a well integrated Romanian community in Greece, of a Greek minority and a very active business community in Romania. The Greek officials expressed the special nature of the cooperation with Romania, a key partner of Greece in the region and at European level, highlighting the potential of bilateral cooperation for the region. Both sides' desire to enhance bilateral relations resulted, including in the cultural, educational field and regarding the two communities, as well as for an enhanced cooperation in the current European and geostrategic context and for a discussion of the most effective ways to jointly contribute to the debate on the future of the European project," reads the MAE press release. 

The parties emphasized the good level of the economic relations, the need to deepen sectoral cooperation, focusing on the investment size, tourism and cooperation at regional level, including in terms of energy interconnection projects. On topical cases on the European agenda, the Foreign Ministry mentions, the Romanian side expressed interest in efforts to strengthen the European project, being underlined on this occasion, the importance of solidarity, unity and cohesion in Europe. It was also highlighted Romania's substantial support for Greece in the context of managing migration, being mentioned the importance of the measures and instruments that enhance the security of European citizens and the protection of the European Union' external borders.