Update: President Iohannis welcomes PM Maia Sandu, says Romania remains the most constant supporter of R. of Moldova


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President Klaus Iohannis welcomed Moldovan Premier Maia Sandu at Cotroceni Palace, on Tuesday, saying after the talks that Romania was, is and will be the most constant and dedicated supported of the Republic of Moldova.

The head of state said he has proposed the setting up of a working group of experts from both countries to identify the fields needing assistance and to start actual projects, digi24.ro reports.

“Romania was, is and will be the most constant and dedicated supporter of Republic of Moldova, directly, in order to achieve the level of prosperity and security its citizens desire and for the European path,” Klaus Iohannis said.

The President has also approached the issue of the peaceful transfer of power, on June 14, which put an end to the political crisis in Chisinau.

“I want to assure you of Romania’s full support and my personal one for the Government’s efforts. We have the availability, upon request, to grant assistance for consolidating the institutions in Republic of Moldova. The Presidency has proposed the setting up of a group of experts which, together with the experts in Republic of Moldova, are to identify the fields which need assistance and to start concrete projects. Our party has established a group. I will personally follow the way the initiative continues,” President Iohannis said.

The Romanian head of state said that Romania, in coordination with the European partners, will support the unblocking of the EU financial assistance for Republic of Moldova, needed for the investments in reforms, in resuming the activity of the bilateral commission and other decisions.

In turn, Moldovan Prime Minister Maia Sandu said “we need Romania’s support, we have common economic interests, but also an historic and cultural foundation. Unfortunately, the legacy of the oligarchic regime in Republic of Moldova is a heavy burden for our citizens. They’ve destroyed the economy, have turned the state institutions into personal business and have isolated Republic of Moldova internationally.”

Maia Sandu added that the Moldovan Government’s priorities are the consolidation of the rule of law, the fight against corruption and freedom of the press.

“We are confident Romania will be by our side as ally of the Republic of Moldova citizens and for their European path,” Sandu added.

PM Dancila claims solidarity with Maia Sandu Government

Moldovan PM Maia Sandu has also had talks with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. After the meeting, Premier Dancila said Romania will remain the sincerest supporter of R. of Moldova European path.

“I take advantage of this opportunity to express the dull solidarity with Premier Maia Sandu and her new Government team,” Viorica Dancila said.

The head of the government said the fields to focus on in the coming period have been identified, with stress on energy interconnection, and that an inter-ministerial group will start working for the two cabinets. “The results will be capitalized in a future common governments sitting,” Dancila said.

In turn, Maia Sandu thanked for the invitation to pay an official visit and stressed the talks are taking place in an important political context.

“I have reiterated the wish to deepen the institutional cooperation in various fields, to maintain the common government sittings format. Other issues approached were the implementation of the projects in the energy sector, the Iasi-Ungheni pipeline, the inter-connection of energy lines, the increase of trade exchanges and reciprocal investments,” Moldovan Premier Maia Sandu said.

Moldovan Premier Maia Sandu is paying an official visit in Romania.


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