The American Government will collaborate with the Romanian one in order to solve the problem of the visas as soon as possible, stated US President George W. Bush on Wednesday, after his meeting at Neptun with President Traian Basescu. The Romanian Head of State added, on his turn, that Romania and USA will negotiate bilaterally the Visa Waiver program, not only within the European Union.
Bush informed Basescu that he asked the United States Congress to modernize the process of visa-granting to the Romanian citizen. "One of the advantages of (Traian Basescu) being my friend is that he isn't afraid to speak his mind. The President told me the visa politics must take into consideration the past of this country, but its present and future as well. I assured President Basescu that we will collaborate as best as we can in order to solve this matter", George W. Bush said. He confessed he understands Romania's frustrations with the need for US visas, at a time when the Romanian military and the American one are fighting side by side in Iraq. "I understand the frustrations Romanian citizen must have, and I know they are saying <we sent troops to Iraq, and still are treated like some other peoples of the European Union and of the world>. This frustration is understandable, and that is why I tried to convince the Congress to modernize the visa law, which still contains certain obstacles to nations like Romania" President Bush explained.
The White House Leader announced that Romania and the US will collaborate, adding that the American government wishes to facilitate the visits of the Romanian citizen to the United States. President Basescu noted, on his turn, that bilateral mechanisms on this issue will soon be put in motion.
On the same day, Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu had a meeting with U.S. House of Representatives member Ellen Tauscher, who assured him of her support for Romania to be included in the Visa Waiver Program. The head of the Government said excellent bilateral relations between Romania and the United States justify such a move.