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Israel removes the fee for visas for moldovan citizens traveling to this country

During the second day of his visit to Israel, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Iurie Leanca, had a meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman. The two ministers analyzed the current state of bilateral relations and pleaded for strengthening of cooperation between the two states, building on Israel's experience in developing various branches of national economy, including agriculture, medicine and energy efficiency.

According to the two ministers, one of the ways of cooperation would be to develop assistance projects in trilateral format with the participation of certain European countries. The parties have identified certain areas in which such projects could be implemented. The officials declared in favor of the enhancement of trade and economic relations, pleading for direct investments in the Republic of Moldova, best use of economic potential and implementation of mutually beneficial projects.

The two deputy prime ministers also talked about the situation in the Middle East and exchanged views on issues related to the security of both countries. In this context, the Moldovan minister emphasized that Moldova fully supports the implementation of the Quartet principles in the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Another subject on the agenda concerned the issue of liberalization of visa regime between the Republic of Moldova and Israel. It is worth mentioning that, as a first step, the Israeli government decided to eliminate the fee for visa issuing for Moldovan citizens traveling to this country.

Strengthening the parliamentary dimension of Moldovan-Israeli cooperation constituted the subject of meetings with the speaker of the Knesset, Reuven Rivlin, as well as with the president of the Parliamentary group of Israel-Moldova friendship, Mrs. Lea Shemtov.

The Minister Iurie Leanca met with the representatives of the Association of Jews born in Moldova and discussed the prospects of development of certain projects to support Jewish communities. The visit is part of the dialogue and the cooperation and friendship initiated between the two countries after the establishment of diplomatic relations 19 years ago.