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President Iohannis decorates Moldovan, Polish ambassadors

At a ceremony at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace on Wednesday, President Klaus Iohannis decorated Moldova’s ambassador to Romania Iurie Renita and Poland’s ambassador Marek Szczygiel (photo R) .

He awarded the two diplomats the Faithful Service in rank of Grand Cross national order.

Iohannis told Renita it was a great joy to him to present the decoration, wishing him good luck with getting in the office he wants to and work to support Moldova.

Renita voiced deep consideration for the high distinction, saying that at the end of his diplomatic mission to Romania he can see that the bilateral relationship between Moldova and Romania is unprecedented in many fields.

“Five years ago, when I came to Bucharest, I set to turn the relationship between Moldova and Romania into a genuinely brotherly one, full of substance, with wide covering projects that get Moldova closer to Romania and the EU because getting close to Romania means getting close to the European Union. Now, when my mission is over, I can pleasantly notice that the overall relationship is unprecedented in all aspects: political, diplomatic, commercial, educational and cultural,” said Renita.

He also thanked Romania for what he called its brotherly approach of Moldova, which passed through an important moment.

“It is highly important that Romania has got consistently involved and unconditionally supported Moldova’s European journey and started wide energy projects that will change the future of Moldova and its European future for the better. I am sure that Moldova has its well-deserved place in Europe and Romania’s contribution to achieving this major desideratum is essential,” added the Moldovan diplomat.

Upon presenting the decoration to the Polish ambassador, President Iohannis said the ambassador is one of those having contributed to the development of bilateral relations between Romania and Poland.

Marek Szczygiel  thanked for the distinction, saying that the relations between Poland and Romania are currently at their most intense period.

“The four years I spent in Romania were to me and my family some of the most filled with satisfactions and joys. It was a great honour to me to represent my country in Romania, a country that is so close to ours and with which we have shared a common history. There are excellent bilateral relations between our two countries based on common history, values and aspirations. (…) The relations between Poland and Romania currently are at their most intense in a quarter of century,” said the Polish ambassador.

He underscored that the visit to Poland of President Iohannis has consolidated the relations between the two countries, voicing confidence that the two nations will play an important part in Europe.

Also on Wednesday, President Iohannis welcomed the proposed ambassadors to Romania of Iraq, Hussain Taha Hassan Sinjari; of Cyprus – Dimitris Hatziargyrou and of Ghana residing in Prague, Sabah Zita Okaikoi to receive their credentials, Agerpres informs.

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