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Romanian-Moldovan military cooperation agreement

The document signed on Friday in Chisinau will be ratified by the Romanian Parliament.

Romanian Defence Minister Gabriel Oprea and his Moldovan counterpart Vitalie Marinuta have signed an agreement on military cooperation on Friday. The agreement sets the necessary juridical framework of bilateral military cooperation and includes stipulations concerning the domains and forms of cooperation, the establishment of a mixed military commission, the organization of joint exercises and training, information protection, financial aspects and the personnel’s juridical statute. The domains of cooperation stipulated in the agreement consist of: defence policy, arms control, defence planning, personnel training, national defence legislation, management of human resources and budget resources, scientific research, airspace control and management, military intelligence, medical activities, social problems, military history and science, cultural and sports activities. According to the Romanian Ministry of National Defence, bilateral cooperation and the regional situation were the main issues on the agenda of the talks, the two ministers identifying ways of consolidating cooperation between the two armies when it comes to joint troop training and political-military dialogue, of promoting internal reforms and of modernizing the armed forces. Minister Gabriel Oprea expressed his appreciation for the upward trend in military relations, as well as for the progress made by the Moldovan Government, pointing out that Romania supports Moldova’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. “I reaffirm the Romanian National Defence Ministry’s openness to continue offering the expertise that the Moldovan National Defence Ministry needs,” Minister Gabriel Oprea stated. In his turn, Moldovan Defence Minister Vitalie Marinuta expressed his satisfaction with the way in which bilateral political-military relations evolved, relations that were always based on mutual trust. He expressed interest in the Romanian Army’s Euro-Atlantic experience and appreciated the Romanian side’s willingness to offer its expertise in what concerns implementing the directives of the Individual Action Plan that is part of the Moldova-NATO Partnership. Minister Vitalie Marinuta thanked Romania for the support offered by training Moldovan officers within Romanian military education institutions. Minister Gabriel Oprea’s visit to the Republic of Moldova included meetings with Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti and Prime Minister Vlad Filat. President Timofti thanked Romania for the support offered to the Republic of Moldova in all domains of cooperation, particularly when it comes to military cooperation. Minister Oprea thanked the Moldovan authorities “for the prompt reactions they had in resolving the unfortunate situation that appeared after unknown persons vandalized a Romanian military cemetery early this month,” expressing his gratitude that the situation returned to normal “in that sanctuary of Romanian heroes.”

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