The Ambassador of Romania, H.E. Ms. Brândușa Predescu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, H.E. Mr Bogdan Aurescu, and the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, after meeting at OPCW Headquarters in The Hague.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands–9 November 2020–The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, H.E. Mr Bogdan Aurescu, met today with the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, at OPCW Headquarters in The Hague.
The Director-General briefed the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the OPCW’s progress in implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention, highlighting the Organisation’s ongoing efforts to address the threat from chemical weapons use and promote the peaceful application of chemistry. Director-General Arias also provided an update on the upgrade of the OPCW Laboratory into a Centre for Chemistry and Technology and expressed his thanks for Romania’s voluntary contribution to this project.
Foreign Affairs Minister Aurescu stated: “Romania firmly supports the activity of the OPCW’s Director-General and the Technical Secretariat in their complex undertakings meant to advance the purposes of the Chemical Weapons Convention. We have confidence in their professionalism, expertise and impartiality. Romania will continue to be a strong supporter of the OPCW in fulfilling its core mission, thus contributing to ensuring peace and making the world a safer place. I reaffirm my strong belief that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable under any circumstances.”
Director-General Arias remarked: “I am deeply grateful for Romania’s stalwart support for our shared goal of maintaining and reinforcing the global ban on chemical weapons. I look forward to our continued collaboration in all key areas of OPCW’s work.”