TWO US SENATORS VISIT US AND ROMANIAN MILITARY AT MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU

Date: 2003-04-14

US Senators Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Larry Craig of Idaho visited the Romanian military leadership and American military personnel at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base near Constanta on Sunday, as part of a 4 day visit to Romania sponsored by the Congressional Coalition on Adoptions. US Ambassador Michael Guest and the Senators toured the medical facilities on base, met for lunch with US military personnel, and saw the base's "morale center."

The Senators and the Ambassador also addressed the US military group at lunch, telling them how America supports the troops and are grateful for the job they're doing. "We're all so proud of you, and we all want you to know that we support you and the great work you're all doing," said Senator Landrieu.

Earlier in the day in Constanta, the two Senators toured Casa Speranta and the Romanian-American Childrens' Center, both USAID-sponsored institutions, and the AIDS "New Life" Center, a private faith-based center specializing in the care of children infected with HIV-AIDS.

During their visit to Romania, the two Senators, accompanied by a delegation representing the Congressional Coalition on Adoptions, are spending most of their time meeting with officials involved in childcare, and touring childcare centers. They have also met with President Iliescu and other top Romanian Government officials.

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