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FBI Director Wray Travels to Bucharest to Meet with Romanian Law Enforcement and Intelligence Partners

March 21, 2024

  Director Christopher Wray visited Romania this week and met with Romanian officials to demonstrate the FBI’s continued commitment to our strong partnerships and highlight ongoing cooperative efforts, FBI National Press Office informs quoted by US Embassy in Bucharest.     The FBI works with its Romanian partners to combat the dynamic threat landscape both countries face today. Director Wray met with multiple senior officials from the Romanian government, including the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA), the Romanian Ministry of Justice (MOJ), and the Romanian Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO).     The meetings focused on the robust partnerships between the agencies and joint efforts to counter threats emanating from hostile nations, transnational organized crime, human trafficking, criminal and hostile nation state cyber activity, and malign foreign influence.   Director Wray thanked Romanian officials for their partnership, and the leaders discussed additional opportunities for further collaboration to combat criminal and national security threats facing Americans and Romanians.     Minister of the Interior Catalin Predoiu wants the 'Alexandru Ioan Cuza' Police Academy to build a partnership with FBI's Academy in Quantico, amid plans to reorganize and develop the activities of the Romanian educational institution, the Ministry of the Interior said in a press statement on Thursday.FBI Director Christopher Wray, who was in Romania on February 21, and Catalin Predoiu expressed their appreciation for the "excellent" cooperation of the two institutions and highlighted the commitment for its continuation, the cited source shows.The Ministry of the Interior stressed that it attaches special attention to dismantling criminal networks whose actions - including on Romania's territory - endanger the safety of the citizens."We already have a very good cooperation with the FBI on multiple directions to fight crime and implicitly protect our citizens' rights. The development of this cooperation can only be beneficial for the efficiency of our national operations on the established priorities, namely countering organized crime, drug, human and weapon trafficking, cyber crime and terrorism," Catalin Predoiu said, as cited in the release."We want to build a mentality, an attitude towards the profession and institutional culture that will raise the efficiency of the Interior Ministry's actions in a context where the crime phenomenon is becoming increasingly sophisticated and internationally integrated. We are opening development paths that will continue over the course of several years and which will necessarily include in the coming years the rethinking and modernization of all of the Ministry's structures, their adjustment to this new dynamic and complexity of challenges. (...) I thank FBI Director Christopher Wray for the openness and receptivity shown in the discussions we agreed to continue with the practical transposition into concrete measures of cooperation," said Minister Predoiu.Christopher Wray's agenda also included meetings with representatives of the Romanian Police, the Romanian Border Police and the Gendarmerie. The FBI head also met with Prosecutor General Alex Florenta and with representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the National Anticorruption Directorate and the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism.  (Photo:https://www.fbi.gov/news/press-releases)

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