President Klaus Iohannis began his visit to the Republic of Cabo Verde on Monday, the penultimate stage of his African tour, the previous ones being Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. The Head of State met with President Jose Maria Neves and held joint press statements. Iohannis explained that Romania will remain a supporter of the deepening of relations between the EU and Cape Verde, adding that the effects of the war in Ukraine are also felt on the African continent.
“We consider you a close state, we have an old tradition together, we consider you friends and we believe that together we can build a lot. Today I am on a state visit to the Republic of Cabo Verde and I thank you, Mr. President, for your warm welcome and hospitality. The relationship between our states, which was established 50 years ago, endures because of people-to-people ties. Cabo Verde is, like Romania, a place of respect for democratic values. We presented the president with our new strategic approach to engaging with Africa, based on a new national strategy based on shared interests and values. We agreed to intensify cooperation on important topics, both for Romania and for Cabo Verde, such as emergency management, combating climate change, agriculture, food safety, education, research and innovation,” said President Klaus Iohannis.
The President also mentioned that “the memoranda of collaboration regarding the management of emergency situations, in the sanitary-veterinary field and in the field of education, which are to be signed on Monday, reflect our desire to consolidate the very good traditional relations”.
“I have conveyed my appreciation to the President for his country being one of the highest performing states in terms of respect for human rights and democratic governance in Africa. Romania will remain a supporter of the deepening of relations between the EU and Cabo Verde. These are already excellent and are based, since 2007, on a special partnership unique to an African country. Cabo Verde is a trusted ally of the EU in international fora and in Africa. It is the first and only African country that has a mobility partnership with the EU,” Iohannis said.
Iohannis says that the effects of the war in Ukraine are also being felt on the African continent
Iohannis also explained that the effects of the war in Ukraine are also felt on the African continent, especially on the dimension of food security.
“During today’s discussions we also had an exchange of views on a number of priority international and regional files. We analyzed together what we can do, at the level of the international community, to solve them. I presented to Mr. President Romania’s perspective regarding Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. The negative effects of this global aggression are felt including on the African continent, especially on the dimension of food security,” he added.
The president also added that Romania supports African states in developing the capacity to ensure their own security.
“Mr. President Neves presented me with his assessment of the regional crises and we agreed on the need for stability in the Sahel region. I assured President Neves of Romania’s commitment to the stabilization and sustainable development of the Sahel. Romania supports the solutions identified by regional actors and supports African states in developing the capacity to ensure their own security”, concluded the head of state, in Cabo Verde.
President Klaus Iohannis conferred the National Order “Star of Romania” in the rank of Colan to Jose Maria Neves, the counterpart from Cabo Verde, informs the Presidential Administration. Also, the President of Cabo Verde awarded the “Amilcar Cabral” Order to Klaus Iohannis.
Iohannis will also meet with the prime minister and the president of the National Assembly
The program of the visit of President Klsus Iohannis also includes meetings with the Prime Minister of Cabo Verde, Jose Ulisses Correia e Silva and with the President of the National Assembly, Austelino Tavares Correia.
Iohannis will visit Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and will have a meeting with the mayor of Cidade Velha and the President of the Cultural Heritage Institute.
The day will end with a state dinner.
On Tuesday, President Iohannis meets with former students from the Republic of Cabo Verde who studied in Romania.
Editor: Bianca Chirilă