Sources: Romania PM Victor Ponta to leave for US on Sunday
Question marks have always been raised about a visit by PM Ponta to the US. American officials have suggested him he'd better postpone the visit until end of year to avoid the difficulties sparked by the budget crisis in the States, but the prime minister is said to have insisted to hold the visit by the end of this month, political sources told HotNews.ro.
On Tuesday, October 8, Victor Ponta cast a shadow of doubt on the possibility of such a visit this year, a week after he haid confirmed it. Asked by reporters whether he would hold such a visit to the States, he said he didn't know and that he used to announce all his visits abroad well in advance.
And last Wednesday, he said his schedule included a meeting with large American companies investing in Romania's energy and IT sector "by the end of this year".
In mid-September, news website Gandul.info quoted government sources as saying that PM Ponta would pay an official visit to the States in late October.
Diplomatic sources have told HotNews.ro that talks were taking place about a possible visit by President Traian Basescu to the States before the end of year.