President Iohannis: Romania is the best partner USA can have

President Klaus Iohannis has decorated, on Thursday, in Washington, several members of the American Congress, context in which he stated that Romania is the best partner that the USA can have.

"These distinctions represent a token of gratitude and a recognition for your dedication and the tireless work you are engaging in support of deepening our Strategic Partnership. (...) These decorations are true symbols of trust between our countries and between our nations. At the same time, they are also intended to honor, through you, the people you represent in your states and districts, for their friendship with Romania," said the head of state, at the ceremony that took place at the American Congress.

He said that this is also a great moment to celebrate 20 years of Romanian-American Strategic Partnership.

"It reminds us that the strength of our bond lies in our unshakeable friendship, our commitment for the same values and our promise to always support each other. Indeed, Romania is the best partner the United States can have. It is also an encouragement to always look for new opportunities to enhance the security and the prosperity of our two countries and nations. I am counting on your continued enthusiasm and determination to carry this work forward. I know I can count on you! And you must know that you can count on us!", Iohannis told the US Congressmen.

President Iohannis decorated during the ceremony Michael Ray Turner, Co-Chair of the Romanian Congressional Caucus, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Michael Dennis Rogers, Chair of the House Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, as well as Jackie Walorski and Robert Aderholt, members in the Romanian Caucus of the House of Representatives.

The members of Congress thanked the head of state for the decorations, Jackie Walorski doing so in Romanian, while Robert Aderholt and Mike Rogers reassured the President of their support and of their high regard for Romania.

On the occasion of the anniversary of 20 years of Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States of America, as a "token of high appreciation for the personal involvement had in the excellent bilateral cooperation on the political, military and economic levels", President Iohannis also granted the National Order of the Star of Romania in the rank of Commodore to Orrin Hatch, President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ron Johnson, Chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Marco Rubio, Chair of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women's Issues. 

Source: Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES


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