Israel and Romania, which have had unbroken diplomatic relations since 1948, have strong trade relations and cooperation in many areas.
(Communicated by the MFA Spokesman’s Bureau)
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Teodor Baconschi, will arrive in Israel on Sunday for an official visit (27 February – 1 March 2011).
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman will host his Romanian counterpart for lunch. The two foreign ministers will discuss a wide range of bilateral subjects, as well as regional developments, multilateral issues and other topics of mutual interest.
During the visit the two foreign ministers will sign a social security agreement that will regulate social welfare rights of citizens of both states.
FM Baconschi will meet with President Peres, PM Netanyahu, the head of the Opposition, and with members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. He will visit Yad Vashem – The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority – and tour the Old City of Jerusalem.
Romania is the only state from the former Eastern Bloc that never severed diplomatic ties with Israel, since their establishment in 1948. Today broad cooperation exists between the two states in economic, security and other areas. Romania, which has been a member of the European Union since 2007, supports the upgrading of Israeli-EU relations.
In 2010, FM Liberman paid an official visit to Romania, where he met with top Romanian government officials and visited Jewish institutions. That same year, President Shimon Peres paid a state visit to Romania. The visit took place a short time after the helicopter accident in which six Israeli air crew members and one Romanian were killed during IAF exercises in Romania.
Mutual trade between Israel and Romania rose in 2010, reaching $380 million, of which $234 million were from Israeli exports. Romania is Israel’s leading trade partner in southeast Europe and intensive commercial activity is accompanied by visits of finance ministers and high-level delegations.