PM says leadership re-brings Moldova on map of international diplomacy in 2022
21:27 | 17.01.2023 Category: Official
Chisinau, 17 January /MOLDPRES/ - The government’s achievements in the foreign policy sector today were discussed at an event organized on the occasion of the Professional Day of Diplomat. Attending the ceremony were Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita, the Moldovan diplomacy head, Nicu Popescu, State Secretary of Sweden Diana Janse, heads of offices, advisers on foreign policy, the government’s communication and protocol department has reported.
Also, during the event, seven young diplomats took the oath after being sworn in office.
In her speech, Natalia Gavrilita said that ‘’2022 will go down in the history of Moldova as the year when the greatest diplomatic success was registered in those over three decades of independence – getting the status of country candidate for accession to the European Union. These actions re-brought Moldova on the map of the international diplomacy,’’ the PM said.
„I want to emphasize the diplomatic efforts of the European integration team, led by President Maia Sandu, which persuaded all European Union member states to agree with this decision. Moreover, this success last year was doubled also by the decision of the European Political Community to hold its second meeting in Moldova on 1 June 2023,’’ the prime minister said.
Natalia Gavrilita appreciated also the efforts of the diplomatic missions, especially of the ones from Ukraine, which continued their work uninterruptedly, despite the threats triggered by the war in the neighbour country, and contributed to the maintenance of peace and stability in the country.
„I am proud that Moldova was one of the few countries to maintain the continuity of the diplomatic activity on the territory of Ukraine following the unleashing of Russia’s war against our neighbours. Our consulate from Odessa worked uninterruptedly during all this time and the diplomats from Kiev remained in the Ukrainian capital, even if other embassies had already closed their gates. In continuation, our diplomats from Ukraine expose themselves to extraordinary risks, representing an example of self-denial and spirit of sacrifice,’’ the PM noted.
„Last year, when the war returned to Europe, we edified strong external partnerships which allowed us to pursue these goals. Along with President Maia Sandu, Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita, Speaker Igor Grosu and the entire governance team, we achieve concrete results for our citizens, through which we rely on the consolidation of the role and place of Moldova in the united Europe. This year, we will preserve the same dynamic for the edification of a more democratic, more prosperous and more European Moldova,’’ Deputy PM, Foreign Affairs and European Integration Minister Nicu Popescu said.
The participants in the event summed up the work of the Foreign Affairs and European Integration Ministry and set the main priorities for this year. They highlighted the importance of holding the second meeting of the European Political Community in Chisinau on 1 June 2023. Forty seven presidents and heads of government, as well as the European Union’s leaders are expected at the event.