Speaking at his first Unity Day celebration in London, recently arrived Romanian Ambassador Dan Mihalache said he felt “quite emotional”.
Reflecting on the upcoming Centenary of the modern state of Romania in 2018, he said his country’s history was “complicated” but that he and his countrymen should “never forget” the painful social memory of holocaust, tyranny and totalitarianism in order to value the precious freedoms Romanians now enjoy.
He added that no Romanian wanted to return to the dark days of travel bans. “All of us must fight to preserve what freedom is, freedom of movement, to choose a workplace.”
He added that Romania and Britain had good cooperation in many areas “and we want this excellent relationship to continue with or without Brexit”.
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