Romanian president invites Biden for state visit

Iohannis said after the summit that he had two short talks with the US leader, the first one together with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Iohannis explained that he and president Duda wanted to greet president Biden, to express their gratitude for his presence at the B9 Summit. [EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET]

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis who had two short discussions with his US counterpart Joe Biden on the margins of the NATO summit in Brussels, said he invited the US president to visit Romania.

Iohannis said after the summit that he had two short talks with the US leader, the first one together with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Iohannis explained that he and president Duda wanted to greet president Biden, to express their gratitude for his presence at the summit.

“And, obviously, we wanted to make sure that we still have a very strong strategic partnership and that we have the full attention of the United States’ strategic partnership for the eastern flank. President Biden assured us he is particularly committed to supporting Romania and Poland in improving this relationship,” Iohannis added.

The second discussion between Iohannis and Biden came towards the end of the summit, when the Romanian president said he had extended the invitation.

“He […] agreed to try to organise such a meeting and assured me once again that he is very dedicated to this partnership,” Iohannis told journalists after the summit. (Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)

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