Ministry of National Defence
Information and Public Relations Directorate
No.146 - 28 May 2013
Defence Minister, Mircea Duša, met with the US Senator, James Rosapepe
Defence Minister, Mircea Duša, met with the US Senator James Rosapepe, on Tuesday, May 29, at the MoND Headquarters.
The two officials discussed about the bilateral military cooperation, Minister Duša emphasizing the fact that the Romanian-American Partnership is very strong, the evolution of the military relationships between the two states proving that the subject matters on both defence agendas are similarly approached.
"The presence of the US militaries in Romania facilitated the increased interaction between the two armed forces. The joint training activities conducted annually had remarkable results and significantly contributed to a better execution of the missions from the theaters of operations. We would like to highlight the support given by the US counterpart for the equipping of the Combat Training Center of the Land Forces (CTC-LF) "the defence minister said.
Minister Duša emphasized the excellent collaboration from Afghanistan and reiterated Romania`s intention to participate in NATO`s post-2014 training and counselling mission in this country. "We need to have a modern and capable alliance, characterized by a strong solidarity. We made the political decision of increasing the GDP with 0.3% each year, so that we can meet NATO`s requirements of allocating 2% of the country`s GDP for our armed forces by 2016", added the Romanian Defence Minister.
In his turn, Senator James Rosapepe thanked the Romanian militaries for their professionalism, devotion and cooperation with the US counterparts throughout the missions they performed together, especially in the Afghanistan TO.