Moldovan diplomacy head participates in Paris Peace Forum
16:02 | 13.11.2022 Category: Official
Chisinau, 13 November /MOLDPRES/ - Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Affairs and European Integration Minister Nicu Popescu has participated in the fifth edition of the Paris Peace Forum, titled, Riding out the Multi-crisis, on 11-12 November. The event brought together governmental officials and experts from all regions of the world; attending the forum was alto President of France Emmanuel Macron, the Foreign Affairs and European Integration Ministry’s (MAEIE) press service has reported.
„In my speeches at the forum, I said that, in the wake of the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, Moldova and a great part of the world feel the consequences of this unjust war: humanitarian crisis, difficult access to energy resources, food insecurity and economic disturbances ,’’ the Moldovan official said.
The participation in this prestigious international forum allowed the deputy PM to tackle also the bilateral agenda with his counterparts:
Anniken Huitfeldt, Foreign Affairs Minister of Norway – with whom he discussed the common interest to establish a long-term energy partnership for the benefit of the two economies. Also, with the support of Norway, we continue important reforms to ensure the supremacy of law and consolidate the good governance.
„I thanked for the support announced at the conversation of our countries’ prime ministers in late last October, through which the Oslo authorities will provide 100 million Norwegian krones, in order to remedy the crisis in Moldova,’’ Foreign Affairs Minister Nicu Popescu said.
Besides the support Norway is providing to Moldova at present, the Scandinavian country will encourage also other states to show solidarity with the country within the Moldova Support Platform, the third issue of which will be held in Paris.
Wopke Hoekstra, Deputy PM, Foreign Affairs Minister of the Netherlands – the Moldovan diplomacy head referred to the consequences of the energy crisis and the need to identify quick solutions which would strengthen the energy resilience of Moldova.
„I touched upon the authorities’ sustained efforts in the process of the country’s European modernization, as well as the importance of the Dutch expertise in the achievement of this strategic goal of the country.
With the support of the Dutch authorities, Moldova feels that it is not alone, but is part of the European community, with the Netherlands confirming the participation in the donors’ conference, scheduled for 21 November in Paris,’’ Deputy PM Nicu Popescu said.
Gordan Grlić Radman, Foreign Affairs Minister of Croatia – despite many regional challenges, the European agenda is the zero priority for the governmental team. The authorities are determined to quickly implement the recommendations of the European Commission, with all efforts being carried out based on the action plan which contains the measures needed to this end. Croatia fully backs Moldova’s road towards EU.
Ian Borg, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade of Malta – the Moldovan official spoke out for the strengthening of the bilateral relations and turning to good account of the cooperation potential.
Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates – whom Nicu Popescu informed about the interest in boosting the commercial and economic relations, with considering possibilities of export of agro-food products to Morocco.
At the same time, on the agenda in Paris, Foreign Affairs Minister Nicu Popescu met representatives of analytical centres, local media, in order to discuss government’s priorities in the European integration agenda and the current realities in the fragile security environment and the energy crisis underway.
„With French officials, I held working meetings, in order to prepare the conference of donors of the Moldova Support Platform due in Paris this month, at its third edition. Our teams work in the accelerated way for the success of this international event, which is set to strengthen Moldova’s resilience.
I thank our Embassy in Paris, which continues to provide an excellent dynamic in the Moldovan-French bilateral dialogue,’’ the Moldovan official said.