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President Rivlin meets Prime Minister of Romania, Sorin Grindeanu

04 May 2017

President Rivlin meets Prime Minister of Romania, Sorin Grindeanu

(Communicated by the President’s Spokesperson)


President Rivlin today (Thursday), held a working meeting at his residence with Romanian Prime Minister, Sorin Grindeanu who was visiting Israel for the first time. The Prime Minister’s delegation included the country’s Defense Minister, Agriculture Minister, and Diaspora Affairs Minister – who previously served as Romania’s Ambassador to Israel – and other members of parliament.


The President welcomed Prime Minister Grindeanu and spoke of the importance Israel saw in his choosing Israel as his first foreign visit since entering office. The President noted the wide-ranging cooperation between the two countries, and said, “We are working extensively together on the issue of our preparedness in the face of evils that may strike every society in the world. The relations between Israel and Romania, and between Israeli and Romanian societies, and the trade relations between them, are built on two foundations; G2G, and C2C.”


The President concluded, “Allow me personally, to thank you for your role in the fight against anti-Semitism, and for Holocaust remembrance, and in the framework of your role as chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. The cooperation between us will continue with an assurance of the common interests of the whole free world, and of ours shared interests in particular.”


Prime Minister Grindeanu thanked the President for his warm welcome and expressed his congratulations to Israel on the occasion of the country’s 69th Independence Day. He said, “We are celebrating this year 69 years of our continued diplomatic relations. That speaks volumes, despite difficult periods both our countries have endured over the years. This ongoing relationship shows that despite these hard times, maintaining relations is more important than anything.”


The Prime Minister spoke of the Holocaust museum which was due to be opened in Bucharest, “It is of great importance to us to better know each other, and our histories. It is good to speak about this issue, to speak of the mistakes that we made, and to work to ensure we do not repeat these mistakes, and to prevent such things.”