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USA Vice President Kamala Harris to be welcomed by President Klaus Iohannis, at Cotroceni Palace, on Friday

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The Vice President of the United States of America, Kamala Harris, who will arrive in Bucharest on Friday for her first visit in Romania since taking on the mandate, will be welcomed by President Klaus Iohannis, at 14:00, at the ceremonial plateau of Cotroceni Palace.

The two officials have scheduled face to face and official talks, and at the end of the talks, at 15:30, they will make joint press statements.

According to the Presidential Administration, the presence in Bucharest of Vice President Kamala Harris reconfirms the solidity of the bilateral strategic partnership and the USA firm commitment to supporting Romania's security and NATO allies on the Eastern Flank, while also reflecting appreciation of the American Administration for the responsible and involved approach of our country in the context of the current security threats generated by the illegal aggression of the Russian Federation, as well as in managing the flow of refugees at the borders and granting humanitarian aid.

The meeting is subscribed within the allied and transatlantic tight coordination efforts in order to manage the security situation, especially in the Black Sea, with an impact on Euro-atlantic security and comes after the consultations at the highest level between the allied leaders on February 11, 18 and 28, attended also by President Iohannis and which took place at the initiative of President Joe Biden.

"In this context, President Klaus Iohannis and Vice President Kamala Harris will discuss about the allied measures of consolidating NATO's deterrence and defence posture on the Eastern Flank, including the perspective of increasing American and allied military presence in Romania, as an additional measure of ensuring our country's security and the entire region's. Furthermore, coordination will continue being discussed, of the transatlantic community in regards to adopting new sanctions against Russia," the Presidential Administration specified.

The visit of Vice President Kamala Harris also takes place in the context of 25 years since the bilateral strategic Partnership was launched. Furthermore, according to the Presidential Administration, the meeting between Kamala Harris and Klaus Iohannis will represent a good opportunity for reaffirming shared attachment for consolidating transatlantic relations and promoting values and democratic resilience.

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