Wednesday, December 5, 2007

AP: Ex foreign minister will head Romania's foreign intelligence service

BUCHAREST, Romania: The Romanian Parliament on Wednesday approved former Foreign Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu as head of the country's foreign intelligence service.

Ungureanu served was forced to resign as foreign minister in April after he failed to inform Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu that two Romanians had been arrested in Iraq by U.S. troops. His nomination as head of Romania's foreign intelligence service was made by President Traian Basescu, in November.

Ungureanu, 39, is a historian by training and known for a pro-American stance. In 2005 he signed a 10-year agreement with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to set up U.S. bases on Romanian soil.

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