“It is clear that partnerships will remain at the core of NATO’s business” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen after the meeting. “We want to bring our political dialogue and our practical cooperation to a new level.”
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the relationship between the Republic of Moldova and NATO through the Euro-Atlantic Partnership. An ambitious Individual Partnership Action Plan was agreed in 2010, and today, both sides reaffirmed their commitment to this relationship.
“Today we reiterate Moldova’s commitment to continuing our cooperation with NATO” said Moldovan Prime Minister Vladimir Filat. “Our aim is to transform Moldova from a consumer to a provider of regional stability, with the assistance of our international partners”, he explained. Prime Minister Filat also thanked NATO for the help in identifying and destroying large quantities of hazardous pesticides.
The NATO Secretary General congratulated the Moldovan authorities on the recent election of the president. “I hope that this will draw a line under the political crisis. So that the different political parties can start working together for more dialogue and to fulfil the aspirations of the people of Moldova for a better future”, he stressed. Rasmussen also commended the Republic of Moldova’s ambitious reform agenda, and reaffirmed NATO’s readiness to support Moldova in this effort.
“We are committed to supporting Moldova in all reform areas you choose” stated Rasmussen. “Our discussions today…confirm our commitment to develop and deepen our partnership, which only reinforces Moldova’s path towards European integration.”