Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the Black Hawk Maintenance Center Inauguration

January 18, 2024, Bacau, Romania Minister Oprea, Dr. Arafat, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, Good afternoon! It is a pleasure and great honor to be present here today to celebrate the next great achievement in the U.S.-Romania Strategic Partnership. As you all know, the United States and Romania share a deep-rooted bond forged on common ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the Sikorsky S-70M Black Hawk Event

November 24, 10:00 am Mr. Vice Minister, Mr. Inspector General Dache, Mr. State Secretary, Mr. Vice President of Lockheed Martin Goge, Mr. Director General of PZL Mielec, Mr. Ambassador of Poland to Romania, Today marks an important moment with the arrival of the first four Sikorsky S-70M Black Hawk helicopters to Romania. This delivery is ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the AmCham Thanksiving Breakfast

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and Happy Thanksgiving! Let me start by thanking AmCham President Chris Sporis and the AmCham team for organizing this morning’s breakfast. It’s wonderful to see such a great turnout for this special occasion, one that’s become an important tradition for AmCham and the U.S. Embassy. Thanks also to Rector Daniel ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec participates in Distinguished Visitors Day of Patriot Spark 23 Live-fire Tactical Exercise

November 15, 2023 U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec joined the Prime Minister Ciolacu, Senate President Ciuca, and Defense Minister Tilvar, and other high-ranking officers at the Distinguished Visitors Day of the PATRIOT SPARK 23 tactical exercise on Wednesday, November 15, in Capu Midia (Constanta County) ground-to-air firing range. This exercise represents the inaugural test of Romania’s ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the NATO-EU Resilience, Military Capability Enhancement and Cooperation for the Development of Black Sea Security

As prepared for delivery November 14, 2023 Palace of National Military Circle Bucharest, Romania Defense Minister Tilvar, Your Excellencies Distinguished guests, Good morning. Thank you to Minister Tilvar for this invitation, and congratulations on the 164th anniversary of the Romanian Defense Staff.   It is a pleasure and an honor to join you here today to ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the Inauguration of Mosque Building

November 14, 2023, 14:30 As prepared for delivery Good afternoon, Prime Minister Ciolacu, Presidential Advisor Nistor, Your Eminence, Mufti Iusuf, Ambassador Altan, Distinguished guests, Thank you for inviting me to join you today for the inauguration of this beautiful mosque. This is an important event not only for the Muslim community, but for all those ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the F-16 Training Center

November 13, 2023 86th Air Base Borcea/Fetești Defense Minister Tîlvăr, Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren, Ambassadors Van Haaften and Balslev, Lockheed Martin Vice President Sanchez, Good morning. It is an honor to be here to support the inauguration of this F-16 regional training center. This center is a culmination of months of careful planning and showcases ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the Women, Peace, and Security Conference

November 7, 2023 Good morning, Members of Parliament, Minister Oprea, Minister Bucura-Oprescu, Ambassadors, friends, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honored to represent the United States for the opening of the Women, Peace, and Security Focal Point Network conference in Bucharest, together with Ambassador Rao Gupta – our ambassador for global women’s issues- and Major General ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at Ford Otosan Craiova

Domnule Prim Ministru Ciolacu, Distinguished members of the Romanian Government Domnule Ambasador Altan, care vorbește destul de bine limba română, felicitări! Distinguished Guests, I would like to thank our host Güven Özyurt for his invitation to celebrate the launch today of the Ford Transit Courier with you. I am delighted to be here today to ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the Bucharest Security Conference

October 20, 2023 Grand Hotel Bucharest Foreign Minister Odobescu, Professor Remus Pricopie and other SNSPA students and professors, Ambassadors, Distinguished guests, Good morning. As President Biden has noted, we are at an inflection point in history. The Cold War is long over but so are the declarations of the so-called end of history in which ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the Celebration of 143 Years of U.S. – Romania Relations

October 19, 2023 Your Majesty, Your Royal Highnesses, Minister Odobescu, Minister Bucura – Oprescu, State Secretaries, Ladies and gentlemen, On behalf of the U.S. Mission to Romania, I want to thank Your Majesty and Your Royal Highnesses for your invitation to celebrate, together with our Romanian invitees, 143 years of U.S.- Romanian diplomatic history. Celebrating ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the “I Stand with Israel” Rally

As delivered Good afternoon. I want to thank Ambassador Azar for the invitation to join you today to express, on behalf of the United States of America, our condolences to all those Israelis – and our own citizens too – who lost their loved ones and suffered injuries at the hands of terrorists in the ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at National Holocaust Remembrance Day

October 9, 2023, 10:00am Holocaust Memorial, Bucharest Good morning, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Each year, on October 9, we remember the day in 1941 when the deportation of Romanian Jews to Transnistria began, and we acknowledge the horrifying events that followed. We also remember the day in 2004 when the Romanian parliament declared October ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the Ceremony Dedicated to the Course “The History of Jews. The Holocaust”

As prepared for delivery October 3, 2023, 10:00 Transylvania Hall, Victoria Palace Good morning, Mr. Prime Minister, Minister Deca, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for inviting me to join this morning’s launch of the new required high-school course dedicated to the history of the Jewish people and the Holocaust. This is ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at We the People Exhibit Opening in Oradea

As prepared for delivery September 25, 2023 Good evening. Mayor Birta, State Undersecretary Lazar, Prefect Tiplea, Director General Nicolae, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends, It’s a pleasure to be in Oradea. Thank you for joining us. I want to say a special thank you to May Birta for hosting our reception in this impressive building. We’re ... Read More»

U.S. – Romanian Cooperation to Counter Russia’s Threat to Global Food Security (Op-Ed)

Op-Ed by U.S. Ambassador to Romania Kathleen Kavalec September 18, 2023 Russia’s brutal war on Ukraine has shattered peace in Europe, claimed thousands of lives and cut off critical food supplies from Ukraine to the world. To its great credit, Romania, working with the United States, Moldova, and the EU, has responded to Russia’s attacks ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the MOU Signing Ceremony

Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony – University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest and Auburn University September 11, 2023, 10:00am As prepared for delivery Dr. Cîmpeanu Dr. Drăgotoiu Major General Gordon Dr. Barlow, Dr. Appel Dr. Knappenberger Distinguished Guests, Faculty, and Students. It is my great honor and pleasure to be here today ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the 9/11 Remembrance Event

September 11, 2023, 8:40 a.m. U.S. Embassy Bucharest Flagpole As prepared for delivery Today we gather underneath the American flag to mark the 22nd anniversary of the September 11 attacks against our nation and mourn the nearly 3,000 lives taken too soon. The people who perished in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Shanksville—including our ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the AmCham Economic Forum

September 6, 2023 As prepared for delivery President Sporis, Ministers, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, Good morning. It is a great pleasure and honor to be here today at the AmCham U.S.-Romania Economic Forum: Innovation for Prosperity. Let me start by thanking AmCham Romania for organizing this important event. Thank you also for being a ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the Opening Reception of the 6th Edition of the Elie Wiesel Study Tour

Residence of the Ambassador of the German Federal Republic to Romania August 28, 2023 Ambassador Gebauer, Excellencies, Colleagues, Dear Participants, While we are here today to discuss the important issue of Holocaust education, we are all aware of the tragedy in Crevedia over the weekend. I want to take a moment to express my condolences ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at We the People Exhibit Opening Constanța

July 12, 2023 Mayor Chițac, State Secretary Baciuna, Director Luca, Director General Nicolae, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends, Good evening, welcome, and thank you all for being here. Let me say a special thank you to Mayor Chițac, for welcoming us in Constanta and hosting this exhibit in Piata Ovidiu. Thank you also to Director Mototolea ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the Independence Day Reception

28 June 2023 As prepared for delivery Domnule Președinte, Domnule Președinte al Senatului, Domnule Președinte al Camerei Deputaților, Domnule Prim Ministru, Doamnelor și domnilor miniștri și parlamentari, Excelențele voastre Dragi prieteni și parteneri, Queridos amigos, Bună seara tuturor – good evening – buenas tardes! Welcome – bine ați venit – bienvenidos – to our Indepenence ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Kavalec’s Visit Highlights Active Engagement with Transylvania region in Northwestern Romania

May 24, 2023 U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec travelled from May 23-24 to Cluj-Napoca and surrounding areas to highlight the extent of U.S. engagement with Cluj County. On May 23, Ambassador Kavalec met with Emil Boc, a former Romanian prime minister and current mayor, to discuss cooperation opportunities and the growing economic relationship between the United ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the We The People Exhibit Opening in Cluj-Napoca

May 23, 2023 State Secretary Baciuna Mayor Boc Vice President of Cluj County Council István Vákár Counsellor Liciu Director General Claudia Nicolae Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you all for being here with us this evening. We are honored to have you join us for the Cluj opening of this exhibit—We The People. This important exhibit ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the E2 Center Opening

May 12, 2023, 4:00 pm Good afternoon, Prime Minister Ciuca, Rector Costoiu, Minister Popescu, Cosmin, [SNN CEO Cosmin Ghita] John, [NuScale CEO John Hopkins] Ann, [PDAS Ann Ganzer] Friends, Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. What a great pleasure and honor it is join you at this opening of the E2 Center at the Politehnica University of ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Kavalec’s Visit to Iasi Strengthens Regional Engagement and Bilateral Cooperation

U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec led a two-day U.S. Embassy delegation to Iasi from April 24-25 to highlight the importance of regional engagement, cultural outreach, trade and commerce, and the U.S. Embassy’s strong commitment to robust collaboration with civil society. The trip aimed to promote bilateral cooperation, strengthen economic prosperity, and deepen people-to-people ties between the ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Romania Kathleen Kavalec at the World Intellectual Property Day Event

(In Romanian) Bună dimineaţa tuturor. Mă bucur să vă văd şi să fiu astăzi alături de dumneavoastră. Dacă îmi permiteţi, voi vorbi în limba engleză. First of all, good morning and congratulations on the amazing work Mr. Costreie, coordinator in Romania and that Romania has done in the field of intellectual property. And thank you ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at Palas Campus Opening in Iasi

Prime Minister Ciuca, President Ciolacu, President Alexe, Mayor Chirica, President Dascalu, Good morning everyone and thank you for the opportunity to join you. I am so pleased to return to Iasi – it has been fifteen years since I was last here and so much has changed. The city and the region’s economic development is ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the We The People Exhibit Opening in Iasi

Palace of Culture, Iasi April 24, 2023 Good afternoon: Mayor Chirica, County Council President Alexe State Secretary Baciuna Director Luca Director General Claudia Nicolae Ambassador Moraru Thank you all for being here with us this evening. It is an honor to have you join us for the opening of this exhibit, We The People, which ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at Microsoft Envision 2023

March 29th, 2023, 09:30 AM Palace of Parliament Good morning everyone— Minister Burduja, Members of the Microsoft team, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a pleasure to be here. I want to thank Microsoft for the invitation and the warm welcome. As we have been discussing already, this is an opportunity where we can work together ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at AmCham General Meeting

Good evening, Chamber of Deputies President Ciolacu, Prime Minister Ciuca, Parliamentary President Grosu, Prime Minister Recean, Distinguished Guests, Thank you for welcoming me to the AmCham 2023 Annual General Meeting. I recall that my first formal speaking engagement as Ambassador to Romania was at AmCham’s CEO Forum, where we were also honored by the presence ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at Social Security Totalization Agreement Signing

March 23rd, 2023 Ministry of Labor Minister Budai, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Buna ziua. I would like to begin by thanking Minister Budai and our hosts for making today possible. Romania and the United States enjoy an unshakable and enduring friendship built upon shared values and abiding commitments. The relationship also thrives in every ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at the Fighting Cervical Cancer Roundtable

Good morning, Minister Rafila Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you for joining us here today. My Embassy team and I are very pleased to host this roundtable on what is clearly a needful and a critical conversation within both the medical and social sectors. In prior such roundtables, participants have often commented that it ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec Visits Allied Armed Forces in Romania

U.S. Ambassador to Romania Kathleen Kavalec visited Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase with Romanian Minister of Defense Angle Tilvar and Chief of Defense Staff General Daniel Petrescu on February 27. The visit included meetings with Romanian and Allied military units including the U.S. 101st Airborne Division, a detachment of the Italian Air Force, and a liaison team ... Read More»

Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec at Romexpo Refugee Event

(In Romanian) Domnule prim-ministru Ciucă, Excelenţele voastre, distinşi oaspeţi, parteneri apreciaţi, bună ziua tuturor. Este o onoare să mă aflu aici astăzi, alături de distinşi membri ai Guvernului României şi de colegi de la misiunile diplomatice şi de la organizaţii internaţionale. I would like to begin by thanking our host, Romania’s UNHCR Country Representative Pablo ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Romania Kathleen Kavalec Presents Letter of Credence to President Klaus Iohannis

At noon today, Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec presented her Letter of Credence to President of Romania Klaus Iohannis at Bucharest’s Cotroceni Palace. Ambassador Kavalec was accompanied by Mark Taplin, her husband. Also in attendance were Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest David Muniz as well as several staff. With the official beginning ... Read More»
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