The Embassy of The Republic of Romania in Pretoria celebrates National Day

By Susan Novela

3 December 2022

On 1 December 2022, the Embassy of the Republic of Romania in Pretoria organized a reception dedicated to the National Day of Romania or Great Union Day and Piano Recital by #LauraPauna at Pretoria Country Club.

The event was attended by Representatives of the South African Government, members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Pretoria, business, civil society and Romania diaspora. Laura Pauna a pianist who has won several local and international prizes, most notable the 1st prizes in the
Oslo-Grieg Piano, entertained the guests with beautiful recital at performance.

H.E. Ms. Monica Sitaru, Ambassador of Romania to South Africa addressed the guests and in her welcoming remarks she said ” We are together again, after two years of health restrictions that have proven direct interaction to be even more valuable than we thought before. But this
is not, unfortunately, the only, or even the most significant change in our professional and personal lives.

On this National Day, Romanians think back to the day, December 1st 1918, when our modern state was
created through the will of the people. But today is about coming together to face common threats to peace, freedom and the fundamental
right to life.

It has been almost 30 years since South Africa and Romania established diplomatic ties. Dating back to 1992, cooperation and friendship between
the two countries have grown and evolved over the years. The two countries enjoy good relations, promoting and working together in the areas of tourism, education and training, agriculture, trade and investment, and sport, arts, and culture.

Both South Africa and Romania are determined to work not only for their own people’s better lives, but also for a better world for all. This commitment is born out of a recognition that we live a time of great economic and environmental challenges, calling for greater interdependence among nations.

South Africa is Romania ‘s main political and economic partner in sub–Saharan Africa. During all these years, our bilateral relations, not only political and economic, but also in other domains (education, research, etc.) have constantly had an ascendant trend.

We hope that this positive trend will accelerate in the next years said “Ambassador
Ms. Monica Sitaru”

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