Romanian FM: Jordan’s vaccination of refugees “a model of solidarity”

Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu on Sunday said Jordan’s COVID-19 vaccination program for refugees and asylum seekers is a model of solidarity in the region and beyond.

 

In a wide ranging interview with the Jordan News Agency, the minister said Jordanian-Romanian relations are ever-growing at bilateral and multilateral levels and that the two countries see eye-to-eye on a wide range of international issues.

 

“Jordan is a very special and reliable partner in this region, exercising balanced and reasoned approaches, essential for regional stability,” according to Aurescu who is starting an official visit to the Kingdom today. He indicated that he is looking forward to an “excellent dialogue, which will contribute to the consolidation of our traditional ties and through which we also aim at further expanding our sectorial cooperation in fields such as IT&C, medicine and telecommunications.”

 

Moreover, the minister noted, the Romanian delegation is prepared to sign a set of bilateral documents which will allow us to enhance our cooperation in the fields of justice and emergency situations.

 

“Thus, we will sign a series of important bilateral agreements – on the cooperation between the Ministries of Justice of our countries, on extradition, and on the cooperation in the field of prevention, limitation and elimination of the effects of disasters,” he said.

 

Following is the full text of the interview in a Q&A format:

 

  1. What is the significance of Your visit to Jordan in light of the developments in the region? It is an honor to pay my first visit of this year in this region to Amman, following the extensive discussions last year with my Jordanian colleague, Minister Ayman Safadi, which I recall with great pleasure. He was also a special guest at the Annual Meeting of the Romanian Diplomacy last autumn, held in an online format for the first time ever. I am glad I can finally meet Minister Safadi in person and I am sure our consultations will mark a special moment in our bilateral relations.

 

I look forward to an excellent dialogue, which will contribute to the consolidation of our traditional ties and through which we also aim at further expanding our sectorial cooperation in fields such as IT&C, medicine and telecommunications.

 

As the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our ways of living and working, with significant economic consequences, this visit also bears a message of much needed solidarity and cooperation in facing joint challenges, be they local, regional or global.

 

Moreover, the Romanian delegation is prepared to sign a set of bilateral documents which will allow us to enhance our cooperation in the fields of justice and emergency situations. Thus, we will sign a series of important bilateral agreements – on the cooperation between the Ministries of Justice of our countries, on extradition, and on the cooperation in the field of prevention, limitation and elimination of the effects of disasters.

 

On a different note, I take this opportunity to draw your attention on another important matter – in February this year, the European Commission and the European External Action Service presented a comprehensive Communication aimed at re-launching and strengthening the strategic partnership between the European Union and its Southern Neighborhood partners.

 

The ambitious and innovative New Agenda for the Mediterranean is based on the firm belief that by working in a spirit of partnership, we can prevail and turn our common challenges into opportunities. As EU member state, Romania has welcomed and supported this document.

 

As a close friend of Jordan, we stand ready to support your country in establishing key priorities and developing projects that will build on its economic potential and foster sustainable development, with the help of EU funding. The Economic and Investment Plan provided by this New Agenda already includes flagship investments for Jordan in areas such as inclusive economy, green energy, and waste management, which is a very promising beginning.

 

Source: Jordan News Agency