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Romania: Israeli President pays official visit for second day

The second day of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s official visit began with a speech to the Romanian Parliament at a joint session.

The official session is chaired by Senate Speaker Anca Dragu and House Speaker Ludovic Orban.

The meeting began with the singing of the national anthems of Israel and Romania.

Romanian Prime Minister Florin Citu was also present at the parliamentary session, along with Israeli business officials, as well as guests from the Israeli Embassy in Romania.

After the speech, the Israeli president had talks with Dragu and Orban.

Later in Parliament, a meeting of the Romania-Israel Economic Forum was scheduled.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin began his state visit to Romania on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The Israeli president was received by an honor guard at an official welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Bucharest. After the ceremony, the president held a working meeting with President Klaus Iohannis, after which the two presidents issued joint statements to the press.

“Israel and Romania are strategic partners, allies and friends. Our deep bonds are based on both our common past and our common future. The Jewish community of Romania made great contributions to Jewish culture, to the development of the Romanian economy, and to the establishment and growth of the State of Israel. “The fact that Romania was the only country in the Communist bloc that never severed ties with Israel reflects the strong ties between our countries,” Rivlin said, adding that we do not forget the history of anti-Semitic violence and killings, especially during the Holocaust and the importance of commitment. of Romania in the fight against anti-Semitism. “We appreciate all the steps Romania has taken to turn the promise of ‘never again’ into a reality, including your decision to build a Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust, your key role as President of the IHRA in approving definition of anti-Semitism and your participation in our summit last year in Jerusalem to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

“As you know, Israel faces constant threats from Iran, its representatives and collaborators in Gaza and Lebanon. “Israel has not only the right, but also the duty, to protect its citizens from these terrorist organizations and regimes which openly call for our disappearance,” he said, citing strong and close relations between the countries for a range of “As we work together to preserve the lessons of the past, we are also working together to build a bright, prosperous and secure future. I strongly believe that Israel-Romania cooperation has a potential extraordinary for our countries, peoples and region. ”

The Israeli president also expressed his gratitude for Romania’s support for Israel in the European Union and many joint projects taking place within the EU framework, including continued support for Israel’s full participation in EU programs such as Horizon Europe.

President Klaus Iohannis said: “It is a great pleasure for me to welcome the President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, and the 73 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations that we will celebrate on June 11th. These are special, solid, historical relationships. The country of our countries continues to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and fight anti-Semitism and is a model to face it. We talked about how the Romanian government has adopted the first national initiative to prevent and combat anti-Semitism, hatred and extremism. Today, it is important that every country has the means to prevent these phenomena that negatively affect our society and that, unfortunately, are on the rise. “

The Romanian president added, “Romania believes that Israelis and Palestinians have the right to live in peace and security and is working with all international partners to advance the two-state solution within the parameters of international law.” /ibna

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