Romania has been, is, and will continue to be the most constant and dedicated supporter of the Republic of Moldova, Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis told Moldova’s new prime minister Maia Sandu during her visit to Bucharest.
office last month, the new prime minister of the Republic of Moldova, Maia
Sandu, made her first foreign trip to Bucharest, on Tuesday. This fact is all
the more relevant as she initially said he would travel first to Brussels. The
Republic of Moldova, which was created on some of the Romanian eastern
territories annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940 through an ultimatum, is home
today to three million Romanian-language speakers, one million of whom hold
Romanian passports. When Chisinau
proclaimed its independence on the 27th of August 1991, Romania was
the first country in the world to recognise the new state. For the following
three decades, Romania has been the most energetic and constant supporter of
Moldova's territorial integrity and European aspirations.
Today, says prime minister Sandu,
Moldova needs Romania's support and experience in the areas of economy, public
administration and the consolidation of the rule of law. This is what she told
"We have discussed ongoing projects.
We would like very much to see progress made in respect of these projects,
whether it's the energy sector, education, the environment or climate change.
We have been received with warmth and we are glad to be able to continue this
collaboration and to count on Romania's support in this not too easy situation
for the Republic of Moldova, when we are trying to rebuild the state, to build
a rule of law, to free the state's institutions from captivity and give them
back to the citizens."
Romania has been, is and will
continue to be the most constant and dedicated supporter of the Republic of
Moldova, president Klaus Iohannis told prime minister Maia Sandu. He promised
that Bucharest would support the unblocking of European assistance needed to
continue reforms in Moldova and has also announced:
"The president's office has already
sent the Romanian government a proposal regarding the creation of a group of
experts from the relevant ministries who, together with the experts designated
by the government of the Republic of Moldova, must urgently identify the areas
needing such assistance, for concrete projects to be initiated based on this
In Bucharest, the Moldovan prime
minister also met her Romanian counterpart Viorica Dancila and the speakers of
the two chambers of Parliament, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and Marcel Ciolacu. Her
visit was prefaced on Monday by that of her foreign minister Nicolae Popescu,
who said that the Republic of Moldova is already firmly and irreversibly
anchored in the European space. "Last year, 68% of the Republic of Moldova's
exports went to the European Union; more than 20% of its exports went to
Romania", said the Moldovan foreign minister.