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French Official Holds Talks with Romanian Leaders

January 11, 1990

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) _ Foreign Minister Roland Dumas of France today pledged help for this country’s shattered economy during the first visit by a Western foreign minister since the overthrow of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

The French official, who arrived Wednesday as a guest of Foreign Minister Sergiu Celac, said in an airport statement that he carried ″feelings of admiration for what the Romanian people have done, knowing how to free themselves of the dictatorship,″ the official Rompres news agency reported.

″France, which has been on Romania’s side since the very first day in this time of trial, is still with her in everything we can do to be together,″ the Romanian agency quoted Dumas as saying.

France and Romania have strong historical ties. Before World War II, many Romanians went to France to study, and French was the main foreign language spoken in the country.

Rompres said that during today’s talks with interim President Ion Iliescu, Dumas conveyed a message from President Francois Mitterrand pledging France’s material and moral support for the ″consolidation of the conquests of the popular revolution and for political stability in Romania.″

Iliescu reportedly thanked France, but no details of any new aid for the ailing centralized economy were announced.

Late last year, a bloody revolution by pro-democracy forces overthrew the 24-year rule of Ceausescu, the hard-line Communist leader. He and his wife Elena, his second in command, were executed on Christmas Day.

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