BUCHAREST, Romania – French President Francois Hollande landed in Romania early on Tuesday for an official visit, the president’s office said, just days before EU leaders meet for a post-Brexit summit.
Hollande laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier early Tuesday at the start of his visit, the first state visit by a French president since Francois Mitterrand came to Romania in 1991, less than two years after communism collapsed. According to the president’s website, Hollande will meet his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos.
"Hollande has arrived in Bucharest for the first state visit in almost 20 years," the Elysee Palace said in a Twitter posting. This visit is expected to reinforce the historical partnership between the two nations and pave the way for Friday's summit of heads of state or government from 27 remaining EU nations in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Hollande will later inaugurate the Airbus Romania factory in central Romania, which will produce H215 military and civil helicopters, starting next year. It will become fully operational by 2020, manufacturing 15 helicopters a year and creating 350 jobs, company officials said.
The French leader is accompanied by 30 business chiefs.
Source: Associated Press, Sputnik News, 13 Sep. 2016