The Romanian government’s willingness to help and the efforts it has made since the disaster have shown it to be a true friend of Israel.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman spoke on the telephone (27 July) with the Romanian foreign minister, Teodor Baconschi, and thanked him for the help and cooperation of the Romanian government following the helicopter disaster.
FM Liberman told FM Baconschi that true friendship proves itself in difficult moments, and the Romanian government’s willingness to help and the efforts it has made since the disaster have shown it to be a true friend of Israel. Liberman also expressed his appreciation for the fact that President Traian Basescu called the Israeli Embassy in Bucharest to offer his condolences.
FM Baconschi asked FM Liberman to convey his condolences to the bereaved families.
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On Thursday night (July 29) Israeli President Shimon Peres spoke to his counterpart, Romanian President Traian Basescu and thanked him for the close cooperation shown offered by Romania to Israel following the helicopter crash. President Peres told the Romanian President that "he thanks him from the bottom of his heart, both personally and on behalf of the entire State of Israel, for his personal involvement, warmth he granted Israel and the positive attitude shown in everything related to the treatment of IDF soldiers who perished in the helicopter crash."
During the conversation, President Peres expressed his condolences to the Romanian President for the death of the Romanian pilot who also perished in the accident and he noted that "the treatment that Israel received from your country was touching to us all in general, and myself in particular, and it brought about great appreciation by the entire State of Israel."
The Romanian President replied that "he will do everything to assist in the completion of the process of identification of the bodies as speedily as possible, in order to allow the return of your sons to their home." President Basescu said that the identification of the bodies and their rapid return to Israel is at the top of his priorities.