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Meetings between Laurent Fabius and Thierry Repentin and the Romanian minister of foreign affairs (Paris, June 11, 2013)

These meetings fall within the framework of close bilateral relations and follow on from the meeting between the two prime ministers in Paris on February 21, during which the new road map for the French-Romanian strategic partnership was signed.

The cultural ties between our two countries date back several hundreds of years. The dissemination of the French language inRomaniadates back to the 18th century, when the Romanianprincipalities of Wallachia and Moldavia were still under Ottoman rule and the sons of importantRomanianfamilies would go to Paris for their studies. Over the centuries,Francehas played host to numerous intellectuals, researchers and artists ofRomanianorigin: Cioran, Brancusi, Eliade, Ionesco, Anna de Noailles, Enesco, etc.

The political relations between France and Romania are also long-standing, originating in the role played by Napoleon III in the foundation of the youngRomanianState on the European scene in the 19th century, and then inFrance’s assistance in building this new State (although in competition with Germany). World War I gave rise to a lasting brotherhood of arms. Under the communist regime, ties were maintained (General de Gaulle’s visit toRomaniain May 1968). France’s considerable and constant support ofRomania’s dual candidacy to join the European Union and NATO is in line with this tradition of the specialrelationsthat unite our two countries. In addition,Romaniais a valuable ally toFrancein multilateral arenas.

Recent visits

The French President’s last visit to Romania in February 2008 made it possible to give concrete expression to the two countries’ desire to revive the bilateral relationship by setting up a strategic partnership, the implementation of which is framed by a road map, which was agreed to during the Romanian Prime Minister’s visit to Paris on 22 April 2008.

Romanian President Traian Basescu’s last visit to Paris was on 18 and 19 May 2009. Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Baconschi went to Paris on 5 April 2011 for a meeting with the Ministre d’État Alain Juppé.

Updated on 24.08.12

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