ISLAMABAD: Romania celebrated Armed Forces Day on Oct 25 with a determination and resolve to continue playing its pivotal role in maintaining peace in the region and stability in the Europe and the world.
The Defence,Military,Naval and Air Attache of Romania Colonel Catalin Cirlanaru PhD hosted a graceful reception in a local hotel in Islamabad to commemorate the services and sacrifices of Romanian soldiers for liberation of Romania and helping Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Austria throughout the final victory in WW11, 73 years ago.
Air Marshall Shahid Akkhar Alvi, Chief of Air Staff (Training) was chief guest at the occasion. Many other high officials of Armed Forces of Pakistan were also present. Ambassadors of different countries, diplomats, Defence Attaches, civil society representatives and media also joined to celebrate the day.
Permanent personalities from almost all walks of life including political,military,diplomats, civil society members, journalists and businessmen were also attended the reception.
Colonel Catalin Cirlanaru PhD, Defence, Military, Naval and Attaché of Romania is a one of the popular diplomat in the town. He welcomed and greeted the guests in the reception with warms smile of his face.
The ceremonial cake to mark the day was also cut in the presence of Colonel Catalin Cirlanaru and other dignities. Earlier the National Anthems of both Pakistan and Romania had been played.
Romanian Ambassador,Nicolae Goia, in his welcome address briefed the participants about the history of Army Day. He said that “25th of October is an important day not only for the Romanian Army but for the history of Romania as well. Exactly 73 years ago, while the European continent and the world at large were trapped in the nightmare of the Second World War, the most devastating global conflict in the history of the mankind, Romanian Army had liberated the last inch of the national territory from the foreign ruling and alien administration.”
The liberation of the entire territory of Romania was achieved by the heroic fights of over half a million of fully employed troops, many of them paying the ultimate price. The loss inflicted to the enemy and the magnitude of my country’s participation in the war against Fascism alongside the United Nations powers for the liberation not only the territory of Romania but also of Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Austria throughout the final victory, had significantly shortened the WWII, spared a huge number of lives and prevented a great deal of further destruction and material loss on the continent. Consequently,Romania had been acknowledged as the fourth contributing power in defeating Fascism in the WWII.
Ambassador said that “Jumping over the decades, today Romania is a security provider in the region and
its Army operates at the highest NATO professional standards, protecting our European democratic community of values. The proximity of the Eastern border of the Euro-Atlantic space makes my country both a gate-locker and a strategic opener of the roads. The multiple threats to the global security, terrorism above all, makes cooperation between all peace loving countries in the world in confronting the menaces of extremism of all kind, more critical and necessary then in any other moment of the history.
Presently, Romania’s Army takes part in various international peace keeping,combating terrorism and humanitarian missions in the most difficult and sensitive areas of the Planet. We are proud that two Romanian officers are currently serving in UNMOGIP.
Niclae Goia has said that “I, as the Ambassador of my country in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, am pleased to acknowledge the excellent professional level of the Pakistani army and the good relations existing between our two armies. This year, the first Romanian-Pakistani Joint Military Committee meeting took place in Bucharest and the next one will be organized in Pakistan, and this is only one example of the many facets collaboration in the military field.
On the National Day of the Romanian Army, H.E Nicolae Goia and Defence Attache Col Catalin Cirlanaru expressed gratitude and admiration for all people under arms, for the entire body of the Romanian army and wished them from all our heart Happy Anniversary! To all Romanian and Pakistani servicemen DOSTI ZINDABAD!
Talking to WORLD TRIBUNE PAKISTAN Romania Ambassador to Pakistan Nicolae Gola said that Pakistan and Romania have enjoyed cordial relations and wished to further enhance them. He was hopeful that ties between the two countries in the field of military-technical cooperation would further grow.
Pakistan was also looking forward to strengthening its bilateral relations with Romanian.
There is great potential for joint collaboration and mutual cooperation in the economic ,trade,cooperation,heavy mechinery,defence production.
The Romanian envoy said that Pakistan was an extremely important country with rich culture, working democracy, vibrant economy and hospitality. He showed his ambitions to work hard to improve relations between Pakistan and Romania .
Pakistan,Romania support each others policies at various international fora. It is important for the countries to regular bilateral contacts play an important role in providing momentum and consolidating bilateral relations for the mutual benefit.
October 25, 1944, the Romanian Army Day, signifies the date of complete liberation of north-western Transylvania from foreign ruling and on the same day, the Romanian Army liberated the city of Carei from Nazi occupation.
The liberation of the entire national territory of Romania was achieved by the heroic fights of over 525,000 fully employed troops between August 23 and October 25, 1944. Nearly 58,000 of them were killed or injured. Losses incurred on the enemy stood at 89,934 troops, 76,275 of whom were taken prisoners.
The Romanian Armed Forces were created in 1860, right after the principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia united to form a single state, that would be later named Romania. During WWII, Romanian dictator Ion Antonescu supported Nazi Germany, but in August 1944 King Michael I of Romania led the coup that deposed Antonescu and put Romania on the Allies side.
After the coup, the Romanian Army started to fight against the Wehrmacht alongside the Soviet Army. In October 1944, Romanian troops reached the Romania-Hungary border. The last Romanian city to be liberated from Nazis was Carei. The liberation of Carei coincided with King Michael’s birthday, October 25. This day was later officially designated as Armed Forces Day.