Romania enters bilateral defense relationship with Israel

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By Abraham Jonah, Middle East Editor

TUE, NOVEMBER 22 2016-As nations and government seeks international partnership for mutual myriad of benefits, Romania looks the way of Israel.

During the official visit in Israel, on 16-18 November 2016, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lazăr Comănescu, attended several meetings with the members of the Israeli government and with the representatives of the Knesset. In addition to the reception at the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the Romanian diplomacy also met with Tzachi Hanegbi, Minister for National Security and Strategic Affairs, Michael Oren, Deputy Minister for Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Tzipi Hotovely, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Avi Dichter, head of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and Defense in Knesset.

During the talks with the Israeli officials, a mutual interest was expressed for the improvement of the special bilateral relationship. They analyzed the dimensions of cooperation on the political, economic and sectoral levels, focusing on projects envisaged for the organization of the third Romanian-Israeli intergovernmental meeting. They referred to the continuation of the exchange of experience in the fields of energy, defence, tourism, research and development and education. Also, they discussed aspects of the Romanian-Israeli cooperation in world organizations and Romania’s support for strengthening the relationships between Israel and EU was reconfirmed.

An exchange of views was conducted on international issues of major concern, focusing on the developments in the Middle East, Peace Process, current issues on the European agenda, as the EU future Brexit, migration and internal security and terrorism.

The Minister Lazăr Comănescu attended a round table on business development and research in IT, cyber security and innovation. The event was attended by Yoel Hasson, the vice president of Knesset, Yoseph Yonah, president of the Romanian – Israeli Friendship Group in Knesset, Romanian and Israeli government representatives as well as of the specialized companies participating in the international conference in Tel Aviv “Homeland Security & Cyber “(14 to 17 November this year).

The Minister of Foreign Affairs visited the Yad Vashem Memorial, where he took part in the Eternal Flame Lighting Ceremony, laid a wreath of flowers in the Room of “Remembrance” and signed the Memorial Book of Honor. On this occasion, he attended a meeting with the museum management representatives, during which, he addressed topics related to the activity of the current Presidency of International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance during the period 2016 – 2017, such as education amongst media representatives, the role of social media and the development of education and research regarding the Holocaust.

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