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Moldova, Romania have spiritual relations, Moldovan, Romanian PMs say

15:42 | 21.07.2017 Category: Official

Chisinau, 21 July /MOLDPRES/ - The Moldovan and Romanian governments will hold a joint meeting in Moldova in next autumn. Statements to this effect were made at a news conference, held by Prime Minister Pavel Filip and Romanian PM Mihai Tudose, on his first visit to Chisinau, the government’s communication and protocol relations has reported.  

The officials highlighted the very good relations between the two countries, which are developing on the rise. “We have a special relation; this is not a mere bilateral relation between two neighbour states, but is a much deeper one, a spiritual relation, I may say, as we speak the same language, have the same culture, have the same history,” Pavel Filip said.     

The Moldovan PM said that he had had an open, sincere and friendly dialogue with his Romanian counterpart. At the same time, the Moldovan prime minister thanked the Romanian PM for the constant support Romania was providing to Moldova. Filip underlined, in particular, the reconstruction and repair of kindergartens, donation of school minibuses, implementation of the SMURD emergency medical service, restoration of the Mother and Child Institute, renovation of the Chisinau-based Art Museum, offering scholarships to young people from Moldova.   

Among the most important joint projects, Pavel Filip emphasized those from the energy sector and infrastructure. In the context, the officials referred to the construction of the gas pipeline Iasi-Ungheni-Chisinau – a project meant to ensure the energy independence and security of Moldova. Prime Minister Pavel Filip said that the technical project would ready in several weeks, and till late 2018, the gas pipeline would be functional.    

The officials also touched upon the trade exchanges between the two countries, which are continuously growing, with Romania being the main commercial partner of Moldova. “We reiterated our interest in continuing the Romanian investments in Moldova, we spoke about the programme on privatization we have and I repeatedly invited Romanian companies to make investments in Moldova,” Pavel Filip said.  

For his part, the Romanian PM stressed that his visit to Chisinau was a public declaration of the Romanian government’s attachment to Moldova. “Figures show much better than two years ago. The reforms were difficult, just as any reforms; yet, they begin yielding fruits, in the living standards, in stability, in the work of institutions,” Mihai Tudose said. 

Also, the Romanian prime minister said that Romania remained a faithful advocate of Moldova in the relations with the European Union. “This is a joint effort, but we need, in continuation, stability. We are everybody involved in a joint effort with Moldova in achieving its European integration goal,” the Romanian PM added.