Friday, January 28, 2022

Romania receives appreciation in the United States on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Romania was praised during two events held in the US state of Texas, on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, for its outstanding contribution to countering anti-Semitism. Romania’s ambassador to the United States Andrei Muraru along with senior US and Jewish officials took part in the ceremonies. Andrei Muraru paid tribute to the memory of Holocaust victims and highlighted Romania’s firm commitment to fight anti-Semitism and any manifestations of intolerance and discrimination. For his part, Randy Weber, a member of the House of Representatives in the United States Congress, warned of the growing incidence of anti-Semitism in Europe and North America and, consequently, of the need to educate future generations to prevent Holocaust-like atrocities. In this context, he congratulated Romania for the decision to introduce a discipline dedicated to the study of the Holocaust in schools.

President Klaus Iohanis has met with the Secretary General of the OECD, after the organisation started negociations towards Romania’s accession

The Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has on Friday welcomed Mathias Cormann, Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, after the OECD Council decided to begin negotiations on Romania’s accession. President Iohannis welcomed the decision as a historic moment expected by the Romanian side, which confirms the country’s commitments in terms of democracy and market economy. Klaus Iohannis also said that joining the OECD as soon as possible is a priority for Romania. Secretary-General Mathias Cormann congratulated Romania and expressed the OECD’s readiness to support it in achieving its goals to consolidate its institutions and achieve economic and social development.

Romania or NATO do not risk going to war in the event of a Russian attack in Ukraine

The Romanian Defense Minister Vasile Dincu has given assurances that Romania or NATO will not risk war if Russia attacks Ukraine again, as NATO is a defensive the alliance and is only obliged to defend its own members, which is not the case for Ukraine. However, a cross-border conflict would have an impact on Romania too, and the country is preparing for various scenarios, including a situation where humanitarian aid may be needed or a wave of migrants may come at its borders.

Mădălina Brotăcel, RADOR