Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein on Tuesday hosted Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis and members of his delegation, including the Romanian education and foreign ministers.
Following a welcome ceremony at the Knesset Plaza, President Iohannis laid a wreath at the foot of the memorial for fallen IDF soldiers and then signed the Knesset guestbook in Chagall State Hall. Speaker Edelstein told him, ”You are a true friend of Israel. Throughout history, the two countries maintained good relations, and Romania was the only country in the Communist bloc that never severed ties with us.”
”Romania has been consistent in its support of Israel and in understanding its security needs, and it is one of the pioneers in the fight against anti-Semitism,” the Knesset Speaker added, while calling to boost cooperation between Israel and Romania – particularly between the parliaments – with a focus on economics, culture, tourism, education, environment, water and advancing women`s rights.
President Iohannis said Romania would ”continue its all out war against anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial and will continue working to put war criminals on trial. The memory of the Holocaust will continue to be part of our [curriculum],” the Romanian leader stated.
President Iohannis further said that his country was ”very concerned about the situation in the Middle East,” adding that ”the peace process is very important to us, and it has many implications for European countries.” The Romanian leader thanked his hosts for the medical assistance Israel provided to the victims of the fire at the ”Colectiv” nightclub in Bucharest about a year and a half ago. ”Due to the Israeli assistance, the wounded have been rehabilitated,” he noted.
MK Yoseph Yonah, chairman of the Israel-Romania Parliamentary Friendship Group, also took part in the meeting between Knesset Speaker Edelstein and President Iohannis.