President Klaus Iohannis will be paying a visit to the US between June 4 - 9 and will have an official meeting with President Donald Trump on June 9, the Presidential Administration announced.
"The meeting of the two heads of state will be an excellent opportunity to discuss the prospects for deepening and expanding the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States, at all relevant levels, including in the context of the 20th anniversary this year of the launch of the partnership. Thus, President Klaus Iohannis will address action priorities under the bilateral relationship and will reaffirm Romania's staunch commitment to staying a predictable, stable and trustworthy ally of the United States," the Presidential Administration's release reads.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump will meet with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on June 9 for "a working visit."
On the occasion of the trip to Washington, the President of Romania will attend on June 5, as a guest of honor, the Global Forum of the prestigious American Jewish Committee (AJC), which has a more than 110-year history. AJC will bestow on President Klaus Iohannis the 'Light Unto the Nations' award, the highest distinction of the organization that is presented to heads of state or government in sign of recognition for the recipient's important international impact on peace, security, democracy, and the promotion of human values.
In the awarding decision, AJC said that that President Klaus Iohannis's "leadership in strengthening his country's democracy and rule of law are hallmarks of distinction, worthy of admiration and emulation, as are his efforts to combat anti-Semitism, and deepen ties between Romania and the U.S., as well as Romania and Israel."
The distinction is also in recognition of Romania's key role in NATO, the European Union, and in its bilateral links, in defending freedom and maintaining regional and global security, as well as of the achievements of its recently-concluded stewardship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), for "seeking to blaze new trails in strategies for combating anti-Semitism and promoting Holocaust education and research."
The award will be presented at a special moment at the AJC Global Forum 2017 that takes place June 4 to 6, in Washington, D.C. and which will bring together more than 2,500 participants from across the United States and 70 countries around the world.
The 'Light Unto the Nations' award is the highest honor AJC presents to distinguished global leaders. Among the previous recipients are German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, U.S. President Bill Clinton, other European and Latin American heads of state.
President Iohannis's visit to Washington also includes a meeting with representatives of the Romanian community in the US.