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Trump, Romania's Iohannis discuss energy, defence

Trump, Romania's Iohannis discuss energy, defence Us president Donald Trump and Romanian president Klaus Iohannis meet at the White House

BUCHAREST (Romania), August 21 (SeeNews) - The U.S. and Romania are looking to strengthen NATO’s Eastern Flank and seek to avoid the security risks stemming from Chinese investment in telecommunications networks, the two countries' presidents said after meeting in the White House.

"Through our deepening partnership, we will create new opportunities for greater security, growth, and prosperity and be in a better position to respond to shared global challenges and responsibilities," Donald Trump and his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis said in a joint statement posted on the White House website on Tuesday evening.

"Our militaries stand shoulder to shoulder in defense of freedom and look to bolster our defense and deterrence posture on NATO’s Eastern Flank, including in the Black Sea, which is of strategic importance for transatlantic security. We also seek to avoid the security risks that accompany Chinese investment in 5G telecommunications networks," they said.

The U.S. and Romania recognise that energy security is national security, the statement also said, adding that Trump reiterated his opposition to Nord Stream 2 and other projects that make US allies and partners dependent on energy from Russia.

"Natural gas resources in Romania have the potential to increase the prosperity of our nations and to enhance Europe’s energy security. The United States and Romania will consider how best to improve the energy investment climate in Romania in ways that benefit both countries. We further urge our industries to work closely together to support Romania’s civil nuclear energy goals," the statement added.

Furthermore, the two presidents said they commit to strengthening their trade relationship further and to encouraging two-way investment, as Trump reiterated his support for Romania’s efforts to become eligible for entry into the Visa Waiver Program.

The Visa Waiver Program enables nationals of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.