Thursday, April 6, 2017

Moldova, Montenegro to boost bilateral cooperation

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The political dialogue and the evolution of the Moldovan-Montenegrin bilateral relations were on the agenda of a today’s meeting between Prime Minister Pavel Filip and Foreign Minister of Montenegro Srđan Darmanović, on a working visit to Chisinau.

Prime Minister Filip appreciated the ascendant character of the bilateral cooperation, stressing that the present visit by the head of the Montenegrin diplomacy was a good opportunity to boost the ties between the two countries.

At the same time, Pavel Filip welcomed the inauguration of the Honorary Consulate of Montenegro in Chisinau. He said this fact would have a decisive role in fostering the bilateral relations in various sectors of common interest. The PM also welcomed a decision by the Montenegrin president to accept Andrei Stratan as Honorific Consul of Montenegro in Moldova.

In the context, the prime minister referred to the evolution of the Moldova-European Union relations, highlighting the efforts taken in giving the final touches to the Association Agenda for 2017-2019. “The priority No 1, both for the government and the parliament, remains the implementation of the Association Agreement and the carrying out of the commitments taken to this end,” Pavel Filip said.

The Prime Minister specified that the latest opinion polls showed that the EU’s popularity was on the rise in Moldova; presently over 56 per cent of the residents opt for the European way of development, against 46 per cent in last autumn. At the same time, the exports to the EU market exceed 65 per cent and over 60 per cent of the enterprises registered in Moldova export their goods to European markets.

For his part, the foreign minister of Montenegro said that his country would back Moldova’s European integration, stressing willingness to provide the country with assistance and expertise to achieve this goal. Among the priority sectors of bilateral cooperation, the head of the Montenegrin diplomacy emphasized the education, health, fighting terrorism and organized crime, as well as the tourism.

The sides also exchanged opinions on cooperation with the North Atlantic Alliance. The Prime Minister said that the setting up of the NATO Liaison Office in Chisinau in next summer would facilitate the cooperation with the NATO and would contribute to implementing projects with the support of the Alliance. “We are confident that the Office, along with the Centre of Information and Documentation on NATO, will contribute to the promotion of the public diplomacy, in order to directly and objectively inform citizens about the benefits of cooperation with the NATO,” Pavel Filip said.

In the end of the meeting, Srđan Darmanović invited Prime Minister Pavel Filip to pay a working visit to Montenegro.


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