Romanian PM Dacian Ciolos has received on Thursday a delegation of representatives of the US Congress led by the chairman of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Jason Chaffetz. During the talks, hosted by the Victoria Palace, the two parties assessed the Strategic Partnership with the United States and its outcome.
Ciolos reaffirmed Romania’s interest in strengthening cooperation within the framework of the Strategic Partnership and highlighted its outcome in the fields of security and defense. The U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System, which employs the SM-3 interceptor, also referred to as the Aegis Ashore System, hosted at the Deveselu Air Base, was used by PM Ciolos as a case in point. According to Ciolos, the system is “a factor of stability in an area that is quite turbulent, marked by uncertainties, and due to the strategic position can be considered a pillar of stability, certainty, security and defense of common interests in the region,” Ciolos said, according to a press release.
Other topics on the agenda include the strengthening of economic cooperation with the US, especially with a focus on investments in the energy sector, pharma, infrastructure, the automotive industry and defense. During the meeting the PM underlined the progress and the importance of reform in the public administration sector in attracting investment.
During the meeting, the Romanian PM also stressed the fact that Romania’s inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program could have an important impact on security and economic growth. The visit to Romania of the 11-member US Congress delegation is part of an international tour.