U.S. general visits Romania to fix military transit issue

08:44, May 12, 2011      

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The visiting USA-TRANSCOM Commander, General Duncan J. McNabb Wednesday told Romanian President Traian Basescu that his country saw Romania a wonderful friend and ally.

Basescu Wednesday received the U.S. general, who is in Bucharest to talk with the Romanian part about the use of the south-eastern Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport and the Constanta Port by the U.S. army.

"When we have first discussed the possible locations where we could carry out a multi-mobile operation, the first choice was that of having to think about Romania and, at that time, we sent you our proposition and your wonderful country said: 'We shall do this together!' As TRANSCOM Commander, this means a lot to me," said McNabb.

"I am thanking you for the attention granted to Romanian infrastructure," Basescu said, adding that "We shall manage to determine the appropriate capabilities we have for our mission."

Romania's Supreme Council for National Defense (CSAT) approved on May 2 the use of the Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport and the Constanta Port for transit to and from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The U.S. requested to use Romania's two military infrastructures as transit place for the carriage of troops and military hardware to and from Iraq and Afghanistan, and also for the carriage of troops and military hardware from Iraq and Afghanistan to Europe, Basescu told a press conference on May 2, after the CSAT's decision.

"This way, the Kogalniceanu Airport and the Constanta Port become two strategic infrastructures to the U.S. as well, besides being so to Romania," Basescu said.

Source: Xinhua
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