At a dinner held in honor of her guest, Vike-Freiberga said that their countries are linked by "stable future prospects in a united Europe." And the present is also shared, together with "the will to defend the values we have regained: freedom, democracy, basic human rights, and a market economy."
Vike-Freiberga acknowledged that both countries are cooperating closely under the Vilnius Ten group of NATO candidates.
"We consider that this is a successful format for enlargement. By cooperating, the countries in this group are serious participants on the international level, able to give a joint contribution to security and stability," she said.
She added, addressing Iliescu, that she is "sure that in the not-too-distant future we will be equal partners in the European and Trans-Atlantic organizations."
The Romanian president emphasized the efforts of both countries "to successfully change the weight of the past into hope for our citizens in a very short time."
Iliescu also spoke of the common will to join NATO. "The non-stop efforts of our countries to be ready in the political, economic and administrative spheres, especially by modernizing our military capabilities, give strong argument for a positive decision at NATO's Prague summit in 2002," he said.
The Romanian president was in Latvia on Nov. 27 and 28.