Romanian and German president discuss Moldova, security

AP News
Posted: Jun 20, 2016 11:24 AM
Romanian and German president discuss Moldova, security

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The presidents of Romania and Germany have discussed regional issues including the situation in neighboring Moldova and security concerns ahead of a NATO summit in Warsaw.

President Joachim Gauck arrived in Romania Monday and held talks with President Klaus Iohannis, a member of the country's ethnic German community.

Iohannis said he discussed the Black Sea security situation with Gauck. NATO members Romania and Turkey want the alliance to have a fleet in the Black Sea, in the face of growing Russian influence, but another NATO member, Bulgaria, is opposed.

Gauck mentioned the good trade relations between the countries. There are more than 8,000 companies with German capital in Romania, and Germany is the third-largest investor in Romania after Austria and the Netherlands.

Talks also touched on the former Soviet republic Moldova, which signed an agreement with the European Union in 2014 which Russia opposed. Romania supports Moldova joining the EU.

The German leader also praised an anti-corruption campaign which has successfully prosecuted high-level corruption in recent years.

Gauck on Tuesday will visit the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, home to some of Romania's 40,000 ethnic Germans.