President Iohannis, NATO Deputy Secretary General Gottemoeller discuss NATO's defence posture on eastern flank

Romania's President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday welcomed NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller to discuss the consolidation of NATO's deterrence and defence posture on its eastern flank, especially those regarding Romanian, along with increasing the part of NATO in projecting stability by developing support for the partner states.

The Presidential Administration says in a press statement that the two officials also exchanged opinions on the current priorities of NATO, with emphasis on the latest developments in and prospects for the implementation of the decisions passed by the July 8-9 NATO Warsaw Summit, and the security developments in NATO's eastern neighborhood.

"Special attention was attached to the consolidation of NATO's deterrence and defence posture on the eastern flank, especially those regarding Romania, and increasing the part of NATO in projecting stability by developing support for the partner states," the statement reads.

Iohannis congratulated Gottemoeller on the start of her tenure on October 17, assuring her of Romania's full support for the achievement of this goals. At the same time, Iohannis gave assurances about Romania's commitment to fulfill all its NATO membership obligations.

The president said that the Bucharest Forum format is in itself an example of Romania's efforts for the achievement of the objectives of NATO, which has to become stronger by developing regional cooperation in support of NATO objectives, taking into account the special interests of Central and Eastern Europe in security, stability and prosperity in the area from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea, as well as the latest security developments in NATO's eastern and southern neighbourhood.

"Romania's President mentioned the importance for the decisions regarding the advanced NATO presence on the eastern flank being implemented in all its three components - land, air and sea - with the NATO deputy secretary general voicing full support from the NATO leadership and from himself for the implementation thereof, reads the statement.

The two officials agreed that a consistent and unitary approach of the northern and southern dimensions of the eastern side is needed, as that would be indispensable to NATO's strong deterrence.

Gottemoeller underscored her strong commendation for Romania's efforts to strengthen NATO security, including by hosting in Bucharest of an eponymous format meeting, along with Romania's contribution, via the Deveselu defence facility to the NATO ballistic missile defence system, housing NATO commands and contributing toward the implementation of the Warsaw Summit decisions, reads the statement.

She also thanked Romania for its contribution towards stabilisation in Afghanistan.

Source: Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES


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