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Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg visits Romania

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Karel Schwarzenberg paid an official visit to Romania on 24 – 26 October 2011.

Minister Schwarzenberg held talks with his counterpart Teodor Baconschi and Deputy Prime Minister Markó Béla, and was received by Prime Minister Emil Boc. They discussed all spheres of bilateral relations, paying special attention to economic cooperation and Czech investments in the Romanian market. Minister Karel Schwarzenberg expressed his interest in the life of Czech community in Banat and highly appreciated Romania´s legislation relating to national minorities. He reiterated support for Romania´s Schengen accession which was highly praised by the Romanian side. A wide range of international policy issues were also discussed, in particular the Eastern Partnership and the development of relations with Russia, Ukraine and Moldova, anti-missile protection, European integration of West Balkans countries and the latest developments in the Middle East and Northern Africa.  

Together with Romania´s Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Baconschi, Minister Karel Schwarzenberg participated in the conference of “Human Rights in Foreign Policy” where he explained the approach of Czech diplomacy to human rights as one of its foreign policy priorities.

In the evening of October 25, Minister Schwarzenberg attended the official dinner to mark the 90th birthday of former King Mihai I of Romania.