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Lithuania backs Moldova in European integration path

12:33 | 14.09.2017 Category: Official

Chisinau, 14 September /MOLDPRES/- Prime Minister Pavel Filip today met Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, on a working visit to Moldova, including on the occasion of his participation in an international conference “Media in Moldova, Audience and Pluralism”, the government’s communication and protocol department has reported.

The premier thanked the official for the support in European integration path and programmes implemented in Moldova. During 10 years, Lithuania has supported implementation in the country of over 100 projects in various sectors.

The officials noted that the current visit is a symbolic one, taking place in the year when 25 years are marked since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our states. On this occasion, the Lithuanian official expressed gratitude that Moldova was the first country in the world to recognize Lithuania’s independence, which favors further development of a constructive and effective bilateral dialogue.

In the context, Filip stressed the dynamic nature of bilateral relations, including the holding of high-level meetings, and pointed out the opportunity to organize in Chisinau a meeting of the Moldovan-Lithuanian joint commission on economic cooperation and the businessmen’s forum in the two countries.

Filip confirmed the interest in drawing Lithuanian investments in the country’s economy and reiterated the importance of the Lithuanian side supporting the implementation of reforms promoted by the government in the social, administrative, economic and justice sectors. “Reforms do not give immediate results that will be felt by citizens in their pockets, but I am sure they will give tangible results over time. That is why, we need the EU support, including Lithuania, to promote them for the benefit of citizens”, he said.

For his part, Linkevicius assured that Lithuania will further back Moldova in its European path and in implementing reforms aimed to change the citizens’ life.

Moldova and Lithuania set diplomatic relations on 8 July 1992. The Moldovan-Lithuanian relations are governed by 49 bilateral agreements in various sectors.