Address by President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, on the occasion of the 243rd anniversary of the Independence Day, held at the reception organized by the United States Embassy

19:00 | 04 July 2019

President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, on Thursday, 4 July 2019, delivered an address at the reception hosted by the Embassy of the United States of America on the 243rd anniversary of the Independence Day.

The transcript of the address can be read below:

(as delivered)

„Dear Ambassador Klemm,

Mrs. Klemm,

Doamnă Prim-ministru, (Mrs. Prime Minister)

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

On the occasion of the Independence Day of the United States of America, it is my pleasure and privilege to present to you and to all our American friends the sincere congratulations of the Romanian nation!

243 years ago, through the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers of the United States created an unperishable document comprising the core values of the Western Civilization, according to which: the power entrusted to a government does not belong to an individual or a privileged group, but derives from the consent of the governed; the purpose of government is to protect the natural rights and freedoms of the people; and that it is the right and duty of the people to hold those that govern them accountable for the way they discharge the duties entrusted to them. Thank you!

(as translated)

Ladies and Gentlemen,  

The principles written in the Declaration of Independence are still the grounds for our culture of values. These ideas – liberal democracy, political and economic freedom, the rule of law, the separation of powers – continue to increase our trust in a better and better common future. 

The same fundamental values laid the bases for the great political constructions that came from the battle between freedom and totalitarianism in the 20th century: the North-Atlantic Alliance and the European Union – such organisations in which the role played by the United States has been of cardinal importance and which, in turn, have brought direct contribution to the United States’ security and prosperity.   

I welcome today’s anniversary being placed under the auspices of the Apollo 11 mission, which on 20 July 1969 made a dream of the humankind come true and transcended every barrier that was known then. Half a century later, we have to acknowledge once again this historical success of the American nation and of humankind, which keeps on fascinating and inspiring us all.   

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thirty years ago, after having overthrown the communist regime, Romania reconnected itself to the Western family politically and economically and later gained membership of the North-Atlantic Alliance, of the European Union and became a strong strategic partner of the United States. 

The support by the United States for setting free Europe’s captive nations, which were segregated behind the Iron Curtain, and the assistance provided to their reintegration into the transatlantic community was crucial. Mr. Ambassador Klemm, Romania will never forget about this support!

Along with our American and European friends and partners, the Romanian nation is contributing concretely and significantly to consolidating the security and prosperity of the transatlantic community.   

Recently, at the European elections and the referendum on justice I convened on 26th May, the Romanians cast an overwhelmingly pro-European vote, in favour of strengthening the rule of law, by clearly rejecting populism and the anti-European and anti-justice speech. Romania’s citizens once again proved that we are a mature society and that they wish a strong and healthy country, to enjoy a clean and independent judiciary system, fully complying with our position of strategic partner of the United States and of the European Union’s and NATO’s Member State.    

Romania’s strategic priority has been and will stay a strong transatlantic relation. A solid transatlantic cooperation is the safest guarantee for us to be able to successfully cope with the challenges of the future and to positively influence global development. Our country holding Presidency of the European Union Council, which we successfully concluded recently, was also a contribution to enhancing a transatlantic relation based on mutual respect, on promoting our shared values and advancing the interests that enduringly connect the European Union to its global partner, the United States of America.    

You will always have Romania as a trustworthy ally and friend, a loud voice advocating for the close cooperation between America and Europe! I assure you my country and I, in person, are the same resolute to deepen and enhance the Strategic Partnership with the United States!

I wish Happy Anniversary to the United States of America! Happy 4th of July! Happy Independence Day!"