Romania has offered to welcome some 2,000 new refugees from Greece and Italy, local media reported Saturday, quoting Foreign Minister Theodore Melescanu.

"We offered (1942) a refugee from Greece and Italy to be resettled in Romania. We have already received about 700 refugees from these countries," Melescanu said in an interview with Realitatya.

Romania has already rejected mandatory quotas for migrants set by EU members but Romania returned to the European mechanism.

"We have confirmed that the specific quotas are not normal, but at the same time we have expressed our readiness to receive a certain number of refugees," he said.

The Romanian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that in Bucharest in 2017, humanitarian aid worth 5.3 million euros was allocated to Syrian refugees in countries neighboring Syria.

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