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State's Nuland Praises U.S.-Romania Ties, Touts Trade Pact

Published on 14 January 2014

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State's Nuland Praises U.S.-Romania Ties, Touts Trade Pact
State's Nuland Praises U.S.-Romania Ties, Touts Trade Pact

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland thanked Romania for its cooperation on global issues, praised the U.S.-Romania economic partnership and said a pending trans-Atlantic trade pact “will bring jobs and growth to all of our people.”

“I began by bringing the congratulations of President Obama, Secretary Kerry, Secretary Hagel, and the American people to Romania on the 10th anniversary of your accession to NATO and to celebrate all that we have done together strategically for the trans-Atlantic community and globally in those 10 years, to thank Romania for all that it has done with us in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in the Balkans, and on missile defenses. We have a very important strategic alliance on all of those issues,” Nuland said January 11 at the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest.

Nuland also said the United States has a deep interest in the continued reform and democratic trajectory of Romania “because a strong, democratic, prosperous Romania is the best partner for the United States, the best NATO ally, and the best EU member in service to all of the global responsibilities that we share and our strategic partnership.”

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership now being negotiated by the United States and European nations, Nuland said, is a key part of efforts to “demonstrate to our people that when we work together we are all more prosperous, the world is freer and more open, and with more opportunities.”

Above, Romanian President Traian Băsescu welcomes Nuland, left, to Cotroceni Palace on January 10.



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Posted 2014-01-14 11:40:00