Iohannis welcomed with military honors
President Klaus Iohannis was given Tuesday a welcome with military honors in Chisinau by his Moldovan counterpart Maia Sandu, in a ceremony that also included a traditional bread and salt greeting, the playing of the national anthems of Romania and of the Republic of Moldova and the review of the guard of honor.
This is the first high-level visit to Chisinau after Maia Sandu’s taking the oath of office on December 24th.
According to the Presidential Administration in Bucharest, Klaus Iohannis’ visit to Moldova will provide “the framework for sending a strong message of support for the new President of the Republic of Moldova, at a historic moment for the European course of the neighboring country, as well as a message of support for the Moldovan citizens in the effort for democratization, for the irreversible implementation of the principles of the rule of law and for strengthening both this country’s European course and its privileged relations with Romania.”
The two heads of state have scheduled one-on-one talks, followed by discussions in the plenary of the two official delegations, at the end of which they will make joint press statements.
Concrete aspects regarding Romania’s support for the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be approached during the visit, as well as Romanian support for the economic and social development of the neighboring country.
The two Presidents will also adopt a Joint Declaration aimed at strengthening the Bilateral Strategic Partnership, reaffirming the special relationship between Bucharest and Chisinau on the 10th anniversary this year of the signing of the Strategic Partnership for the European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, and the Republic of Moldova’s commitment to pursuing the European path and to implementing the necessary democratic reforms in this regard.
On the day of the inauguration of the new President of the Republic of Moldova, Klaus Iohannis, together with another six EU heads of state, sent the leader in Chisinau an open letter of support.
“We, the Presidents of Romania, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia, congratulate Ms. Maia Sandu on her inauguration as President of the Republic of Moldova. Maia Sandu has received a strong mandate from the citizens of Moldova who are waiting for a series of changes to happen, a more ambitious reform agenda, democracy and closer ties with the European Union,” reads the document.
“As of today, the Republic of Moldova and Romania are re-entering a brotherly and open interaction”
The President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, said on Tuesday in Chisinau, where she welcomed President Klaus Iohannis, that from this moment on, “a new stage in bilateral cooperation” with Romania begins.
“I am glad that, as of today, the Republic of Moldova and Romania are re-entering a brotherly and open interaction. These days, the Republic of Moldova is taking a new stage, both internally and on the foreign policy dimension, a stage of exiting international isolation and connecting to the European space, to our strategic neighbours and partners,” the Moldovan president said in a joint press conference with her Romanian counterpart.
Maia Sandu spoke about working with Romania in the future.
“Today, I say it with all confidence, we are starting a new stage in bilateral cooperation, a high-level friendship between the Republic of Moldova and Romania, which will benefit the citizens of both states and will contribute to building a better future,” stressed Sandu.
Iohannis announces support package for Republic of Moldova, COVID vaccine included
President Klaus Iohannis announced on Tuesday in Chisinau that Romania has prepared a support package for the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, which would include up to 200,000 doses of vaccine against the novel coronavirus.
Romania would also send a team of experts to the Republic of Moldova to prepare the vaccination strategy. At the same time, our country will continue to provide medicines and medical protective equipment, necessary in the context of the pandemic, Iohannis said.
The support package also aims to provide 6,000 tonnes of diesel to farmers, as well as a financial contribution of at least 250,000 euros, intended to strengthen civil society and media independence.
These details were presented at a joint press declaration given together with President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu.
“The vote in the Republic of Moldova’s presidential election represents a signal regarding the direction the citizens want the country to follow”
The vote in the Republic of Moldova’s presidential election represents a signal regarding the direction the Moldovan citizens want the country to follow, President Klaus Iohannis also said on Tuesday in Chisinau, expressing his hope that the political forces “won’t act in the opposite direction”.
“I am glad that this visit to Chisinau takes place against the background of a massive vote of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova in favor of implementing democratic reforms in accordance with European integration values. This clear vote in favor of reforms represents a signal regarding the direction the citizens want the Republic of Moldova to follow. I hope that all the Moldovan political forces understand this explicit signal and won’t act in the opposite direction,” Iohannis said.
“Romania is ready to invest to the benefit of all Moldovan citizens”
He also emphasized that Romania is “ready to make investments to the benefit of all citizens of the Republic of Moldova”.
Iohannis announced that he agreed with the President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, that it is important the two countries to continue with the joint projects of strategic interconnection, especially in areas such as energy, road and railway infrastructure, communications.
“We discussed the need to continue, safely, the Romanian investments in the Republic of Moldova and we assured the President that we are as ready as we can be to make investments to the benefit of all citizens of the Republic of Moldova, regardless of the geographical area where they live, language spoken, confession or the political orientation, as we have done before,” underlined the Romanian head of state.
The two officials also discussed efforts were made to strengthen the language, culture and history community between Romania and the Republic of Moldova and to promote the common cultural heritage, which is an integral part of the European heritage.
“At the same time, I underscored the major relevance given by Romania to the settlement of the conflict in the Transnistrian region with respect to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova and, especially, without affecting its pro-European future,” said Klaus Iohannis.
He also said that he invited Maia Sandu to pay an official visit to Bucharest.
Compiled from Agerpres