The U.S. Embassy community and I were deeply saddened to learn today of the passing of Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu. He was a consummate diplomat, a Romanian patriot, and I know of no stronger advocate for the U.S.-Romania Strategic Partnership. Ambassador Constantinescu’s many contributions to both Romania and the international community, including his recent leadership of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, will not be forgotten. His wise counsel to me and my predecessors proved invaluable as we sought to best represent America to the Romanian people. My sincere condolences go to Ambassador Constantinescu’s family, colleagues and friends. He will be dearly missed.