The citizens of Romania today celebrated their Independence Day.
Romania has pursued a policy of strengthening relations with the West in general, more specifically with the United States and the European Union since December 1989,. It joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) on 29 March 2004, the European Union (EU) on 1 January 2007, according to Wikipedia.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Washington, DC, extended the congratulations of President Obama and the people of the United States, to the people of Romania.
Ms. Clinton said ninety-three years ago the Romanian state was founded on the democratic principles of liberty and equality which are the shared values at the heart of our relationship.
“Today, we count on Romania as a strong ally as we work together to support the stability and prosperity of Afghanistan, the Euro-Atlantic integration of your Balkan neighbors, and global security through extensive law enforcement cooperation.” -Ms. Clinton
She noted that in addition to those long-standing ties, the signing of this year’s joint strategic partnership and missile defense agreements marks a new chapter in their enduring relationship.
“As you celebrate this special day with family, friends and loved ones, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend. Congratulations and best wishes for a year of peace and prosperity.” -Ms. Clinton
Tourism is a significant contributor to the Romanian economy. Tourism is the second largest component of the services sector as well. It is one of the most dynamic and fastest developing sectors of the economy of Romania and is characterized by a huge potential for development.