President Klaus Iohannis of Romania met with members of the Romanian community on the U.S. West Coast and with Romanian entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, celebrating 25 years since the launch of the Strategic Partnership.

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The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, visited San Francisco (California) from September 22-23, 2022, during which he met with members of the Romanian community on the West Coast of the United States and Romanian entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. The visit was part of the celebration marking 25 years since the launch of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States in 1997, in Bucharest.

At the meeting with members of the Romanian community on the West Coast, over 300 people attended, including entrepreneurs, professors, doctors, researchers, students, priests, pastors, as well as Romania’s consuls general and honorary consuls in the USA, who had the opportunity to interact with the President of Romania.

On this occasion, President Klaus Iohannis gave an overview of the tense situation caused by Russia’s war against Ukraine and the assistance provided by Romania to Ukraine, including hosting nearly 2.5 million Ukrainian refugees since the start of the conflict and facilitating the export of grain from the neighboring country, which helped prevent a food crisis. “60% of Ukrainian grain exports have gone through Romania, and we are continuing efforts to increase this contribution,” stated the President.

Additionally, President Klaus Iohannis highlighted the 25th anniversary of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the USA this year, noting that the partnership with the United States and Romania’s NATO membership provide the strongest security guarantees the country has ever had.

Furthermore, President Klaus Iohannis discussed the development of the economic aspect of the Strategic Partnership, including in the civilian use of nuclear energy, through the development of small modular reactor technology in Romania.

During the meeting with Romanian entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, President Klaus Iohannis sought to learn what Romania can do to improve the business, research, and academic environment, utilizing the expertise gained by these individuals.

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