Romanian president Klaus Iohannis has recently visited Brazil, Chile and Argentina
The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, has recently ended his one-week South-American tour with a visit to Argentina. The Romanian official kicked off his tour with a formal visit to Brazil, where he met his counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and representatives of the local authorities in Rio de Janeiro. Iohannis next went to Chile, where he held talks with President Gabriel Boric. At the end of his recent tour, in Argentina, the Romanian president took stock of his visits.
Klaus Iohannis: "I had this occasion, after many years since it hadn't happened at the presidency level, to talk to Romania's traditional friends. These contacts are extremely important. Romania is well seen, but my ambition is that my friends understand that we want to really deepen the relationships that we have with these countries. I believe that through this visit I have contributed to an important awareness. Romania exists, it is present and wants to deepen these relations. We were welcomed everywhere and also here in Buenos Aires and on this occasion I want to thank everybody for the way they welcomed and treated us here."
The visit of the Romanian president in Argentina has been the first at this high level in the past 30 years. In Buenos Aires, the talks Iohannis had with his Argentine counterpart Alberto Fernandez focused on energizing the bilateral political-diplomatic dialogue on themes of mutual interest, such as environmental protection, climate change, education, research and innovation, digitization, agriculture, green and nuclear energy, culture and tourism.
Two memorandums of understanding have been signed on this occasion: one for emergency situations and the other in the field of agricultural research and environmental protection. In Brazil, Klaus Iohannis and his counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, endorsed a joint statement on boosting bilateral relations in several areas. Iohannis assured his Brazilian counterpart of Romania's support for the advance of the EU-Brazil agenda. In turn, the Brazilian official said that besides the political and trade relations his country has with Romania, human relations are also important as more than 40 thousand citizens of Romanian descent are presently living in Brazil.
Klaus Iohannis and his Chilean counterpart Gabriel Boric, agreed upon developing cooperation in trade, investment and other major areas. On this occasion, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between the institutions of the two countries, in charge of managing emergency situations. The document focuses on cooperation in the event of earthquakes and wildfires. Klaus Iohannis also announced the first lectureship in Romanian language in Latin America would be set up at the University of Chile by the end of the year.