Antigua and Barbuda and Romania established diplomatic relations on Thursday April 5th 2018, with the signature of a Joint Communiqué at the Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations. The Communiqué was signed by H.E. Dr. Walton Webson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations and H.E Mr. Ion Jinga, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations.
The Communiqué now provides a framework for Antigua and Barbuda and Romania to begin exploring areas of mutual interest. Ambassador Webson expressed his satisfaction with this step taken by the two countries, noting that the Communiqué would allow for more bilateral interaction including in areas of agriculture, economic cooperation and education. Ambassador Jinga of Romania signaled his Government’s interest in having a mutually supportive relationship with Antigua and Barbuda. The Romanian Government will provide scholarships to nationals of Antigua and Barbuda to study in Romania beginning fall 2018. Areas of study include medicine, pharmaceutical studies and public administration.
The establishment of diplomatic relations with Romania is part of the wider thrust of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to pursue new partnerships with the aim of advancing the country’s economic growth and development.
Romania is a candidate for a non-permanent seat of the UN Security Council for the term 2020-2021, elections to be held in New York in 2019.