The President of the Republic of Moldova, Nicolae Timofti on Friday hailed the decision of the President-elect of Romania, Klaus Iohannis to pay his first visit abroad to Chisinau, after the November 16 presidential runoff, a press release by the presidential Administration of the Republic of Moldova says.
Timofti said he was certain that Iohannis’s presence in Chisinau in the very last day of the electoral campaign for the Sunday, November 30 parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova will give a boost to the pro-European options of the Moldovan voters, reported Agerpres special correspondent in Chisinau, Cristian Lupascu.
In his turn, Klaus Iohannis said he is alongside the parties supporting the integration of the Republic of Moldova into the European Union.
“I’m here, in Chisinau because I care about the Republic of Moldova. The November 30 elections are crucial for the strengthening of the European road-map of the Republic of Moldova. I voice solidarity for the political forces which will keep the Republic of Moldova facing Europe,” Iohannis said.
Nicolae Timofti and Klaus Iohannis have pleaded during their talk for the deepening of the special ties between the Republic of Moldova and Romania and for the citizens on the two banks of the river Prut to stay close through the political, economic and cultural contacts.
President Timofti thanked Romania for the substantial support given to the Republic of Moldova with a view to modernising its infrastructure and consolidating the Chisinau democratic bodies. The Moldovan head of state highlighted the importance of continuing works at the Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline and other infrastructure projects capable to connect Moldova to the European energy, economic and commercial systems.
The meeting was also attended by Romania’s ambassador to Moldova, Marius Lazurca, by PNL co-chairman, Vasile Blaga and the PNL deputy-chairman, Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu.
“Romania definitely has an undeniable duty towards the Republic of Moldova – establishing a common space of democracy”
President-elect Klaus Iohannis said on Friday in Chisinau that Romania backs the Republic of Moldova’s European Union membership by permanently supporting the interests of this country, adding that Romania has an “undeniable duty” towards Chisinau, specifically the establishment of a common space of democracy, stability and prosperity. “We have a common language, a common history, a common culture, our countries share the same traditions. No other country is so important for us, Romanians, for Romania, for Romania’s foreign relations, like the Republic of Moldova. Romania definitely has an undeniable duty towards the Republic of Moldova – establishing a common space of democracy, stability and prosperity for the Romanian and Moldovan citizens, and one of the main goals of Romania’s foreign policy is to support in the clearest possible manner (…) the European roadmap of the Republic of Moldova,” Iohannis said in Chisinau, after meeting with the Chairman of Moldova’s Liberal Democratic Party (PLDM) Vlad Filat, reported Agerpres correspondent in Chisinau.Iohannis said that there has been an impressive evolution in Moldova’s relationship with the EU, emphasizing that a free trade area will be set in place between this country and the European Union, based on the reduction of customs duties and unrestricted access of Moldovan products to the great European market. Iohannis also stressed that Moldovan citizens no longer need a visa to travel to the Schengen area. Romania’s President-elect stressed that these are major steps in the process of Moldova’s complete integration with the EU. “I can assure you that Romania will back just as by now your accession, by permanently supporting the interests of the Republic of Moldova before the EU. The Republic of Moldova’s accession is a national project of Romania and I confess that I very much want this to happen during my term as President of the country,” he added. Iohannis thanked Vlad Filat for inviting him to visit the Republic of Moldova.
Iohannis believes the citizens of the R. of Moldova have the chance of opting for a “European future”
Romania’s President-elect Klaus Iohannis believes the citizens of the Republic of Moldova have the chance of opting for a “European future” for their country, in the parliamentary elections to be held this Sunday. “Any solution elected on November 30 must be agreed by a majority of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova. It is the duty of all political leaders involved in this election campaign not the create interest clashes among the various communities inside the state and to focus on presenting some projects answering the needs of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova. I have the hope that the ones with elective franchise will opt for a pro-European future, I am making an appeal mostly to the ones with Romanian citizenship. Romania had the historic chance of becoming a part of the European community, on November 30 we can grant a European chance and a better future to the Republic of Moldova, same as Romania got its path to the west guaranteed on November 16,” Iohannis said in Chisinau, after the meeting with Moldovan Democratic Liberal Party Chairman Vlad Filat. He underscored that Romania would protect the territorial integrity and the economic interests of the Republic of Moldova. “I have the certainty that Romania and the Republic of Moldova will share the same common space of prosperity and democracy inside the EU. As Romania’s President-elect, I promise you that Romania will most definitely support the territorial integrity and the the economic interests of the Republic of Moldova,” Iohannis showed. At the end of the conference, Iohannis handed Vlad Filat “in sign of appreciation” his autobiographical book, “Step by Step.”
Filat: These elections, the most important voting event since 1991 independence
Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (LDPM) and former Prime Minister Vlad Filat considers that the parliamentary elections taking place on Sunday in the Republic of Moldova are the most important voting event since the country’s obtaining independence in 1991. Filat said on Friday, at the end of a meeting with Romania’s President-elect Klaus Iohannis, that “the foreign challenges” require the Moldovans to act united in Sunday’s elections, for the country to carry on along its European roadmap, informs Agerpres.
“These elections are the most important since the declaration of independence. Domestic challenges, but particularly the external challenges I’d like to remark, require all of us to act with utmost responsibility, in unity and solidarity in offering the Republic of Moldova a European future, for providing to our citizens a better life in the big family of the European Union,” said the PLDM leader.
Vlad Filat expressed his confidence that Romania will be a reliable partner for the Republic of Moldova. “We are convinced that Mr. President Iohannis will make sure that Romania, but the Republic of Moldova as well, have everything necessary for us find each other in the great family of the European Union,” added Filat, quoted by Agerpres special correspondent to Chisinau Cristian Lupascu.