NATO head praises Romania for substantive contribution

2013-05-24 14:10:24 GMT2013-05-24 22:10:24(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BUCHAREST, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Visiting NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday underscored that Romania attaches special importance to the way that the threats and challenges to security are addressed.

The Alliance head, currently on an official visit to Romania, said in his meeting with Prime Minister Victor Ponta that he wanted to thank Romania for its significant contribution to the Alliance, the contribution to the operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo, for its participation in a range of multilateral projects.

"From a political viewpoint, you have contributed in an important manner," Rasmussen stressed, adding that he has recently designated Romania's NATO ambassador as Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges.

In his turn, the Romanain prime minister said that "as far as the Romanian Government is concerned, you have the full support for achieving all the objectives of the organization by the end of your term and afterwards too."

Earlier in the day, NATO Secretary General had official talks with Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean and National Defense Minister Mircea Dusa.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrived in Bucharest on Thursday for his second visit to the eastern European country. The NATO secretary general also visited Bucharest in May 2010.

The Alliance head said before his visit, in an exclusive interview with Romania's official Agerpres news agency, that Romania has a strong position inside NATO and the fact that Romania's ambassador to NATO Sorin Ducaru on Wednesday was appointed assistant to the NATO secretary general for emerging security threats is an expression of this fact.

According to him, Romania is a very valued ally of the NATO and he appreciated Romania's substantive contribution to NATO-led military operations, particularly the mission in Afghanistan, voicing hope that Romanian troops will also take part in the training, assistance and advice mission in Afghanistan after 2014.

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