Romania marks 10 years since invitation to join NATO
Host Traian Basescu congratulated former presidents Constantinescu and Iliescu for their roles in Romania's NATO accession. Basescu underlined Romania's advantages as a NATO member and its contribution to the alliances and said that more solidarity and contribution was needed among all allied countries. He said the missile defence, a part of which is deployed in Romania, and the strategic partnership with the US were important assets for improving Romania's security.
For his part, ex-President Ion Iliescu recalled that during a visit to the White House he saw a picture of the "rainbow that marked our accession to NATO" - a reference to a rainbow which appeared during a public speech in a Bucharest by former US President George W. Bush.