Romania and Hungary expressed their commitment to support the upgrading of Israel-EU relations.

(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Foreign Minister Majalli Whbee last week visited Romania and Hungary, where he met with Romanian Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu and Hungarian Foreign Minister Kinga Göncz. Both expressed their commitment to support the upgrading of Israel-EU relations, independent of any progress in the peace process with the Palestinians.

At the meeting with Romanian Foreign Minister it was also agreed to broaden economic cooperation between the two countries in the areas of alternative energy and insfrastructure.

Such cooperation will include the involvement of more Israeli infrastructure companies in Romania in order to elevate the level of its infrastructure to that of the European Union. It was also agreed to increase cooperation between both states and private enterprises in the area of alternative energy sources, notably solar and water – this in light of the concerns of both countries at reliance on traditional energy sources, primarily oil.

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Joint Statement of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Romania and the State of Israel

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel and 60 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations between Romania and Israel, both parties express their satisfaction for the strong and longstanding relations of friendship and cooperation and their commitment to further develop this special partnership for the benefit of both their peoples.

Both sides note that since the establishment of the diplomatic ties, 60 years ago, the relations between our countries have been carried on in an atmosphere of mutual respect and open cooperation.

Romania was the only country in its region that did not sever diplomatic ties with Israel following the 6 days war in 1967, and afterwards, played an important role in the peace efforts in the region, one of its most visible contributions being towards the signing of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

Israel and Romania reaffirm their commitment to peace in the Middle East, the promotion of regional stability and prosperity and the vision of two states, living side by side in peace and security.

Both sides recognize the importance of confronting terrorism and violence and of ensuring the security of civilians.

The parties stress the importance of enabling young people to learn about the Holocaust during their schooling, based on the Stockholm Declaration (within the framework of the International Conference on the Holocaust held in January 2000) and the importance of combating racism and anti-Semitism in all its forms.

Romania and Israel undertake to continue cooperating on a high political level and to intensify their bilateral visits.

Israel and Romania confirm their desire to exchange their expertise in all fields of activity, including economy, security and culture.

Romania expresses its commitment to support the upgrading of Israel-EU relations within the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy and the enhancement of Israel’s cooperation with NATO. The parties note that Romania brings to the EU an important expertise on the region and a balanced view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Romania and Israel express their satisfaction with the continuous growth of commercial exchanges between the two countries and welcome the intensification of investment initiatives witnessed in the recent years.

Israel and Romania encourage the development of tourism between their countries and express their wish to further promote twin-cities programs and student exchanges, convinced that direct contacts will lead to a better understanding of mutual cultural values.

Both sides note the continuous immigration of Jews from Romania to Israel, which led to the presence of a strong community of Romanian origin, which played an important role to the establishment and development of the State of Israel.

At this anniversary moment, Romania and Israel express their commitment to continue their natural partnership, based on strong historical, cultural and ethnic ties and to further develop their friendship.