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A New Dimension in the Relations with Israel

A New Dimension in the Relations with Israel

The minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Iurie Leanca, met today September 2, 2011, with his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, during an official visit to the Republic of Moldova in the period September 1-3, at the invitation of the head of the Moldovan diplomacy. It is the first visit of this kind paid to our country by an Israeli Foreign Minister within the last two decades.

The two Deputy Prime Ministers have discussed various issues related to bilateral relations and reviewed the prospects for diversifying the cooperation between the two countries. Participating in the joint press conference, the Minister Leanca highly appreciated Israel’s willingness to support Moldova in promoting democratic values, economic development and the alignment to European standards. “We appreciate the desire of Israel and of Mr. Lieberman personally to assist the implementation of a number of trilateral projects in Moldova, with the participation of Israel and Romania, among which the establishment and equipment of an agricultural products certification laboratory according to the European standards, donation of medicines, most against oncology diseases, in the amount of 350 thousand US dollars which will soon reach Moldova, as well as funds for training Moldovan experts in Israel in the fields of primary importance for the Republic of Moldova.” Iurie Leanca also stressed the importance of waiving fees on Israeli visas for Moldovan citizens, emphasizing that “this achievement is just an intermediate step, while the final goal is the creation of a visa-free regime between the Republic of Moldova and Israel”.

The head of the Israeli diplomacy, who was born in the Republic of Moldova, reiterated that the relations between the two states are in a new dimension, much more dynamic and mutually advantageous. From the very beginning Avigdor Lieberman specified that he returns to Moldova with a special emotions and that he always feels at home here, and this fact motivates him to support our country in its aspirations. “Our cooperation is diverse and includes a wide range of areas. We discuss the political dimension, investment projects and we cooperate at the international level within various organizations. This positive trend recorded last year has led to important project being initiated. I am talking about consular facilities, the trilateral project in agriculture, etc.”

The Ministers have also addressed recent evolutions in the region and the ones of the Peace Process in the Middle East. They have also discussed the opportunity of granting labor quotas to Moldovan citizens. This subject will be addressed in detail at the meeting of the Moldovan-Israeli inter-governmental commission. The last meeting of this commission was held in 2007, and the next one might be held in late 2011 or early 2012.

During his visit, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Avigdor Lieberman also had a meeting with the acting President, Marian Lupu and the Prime Minister, Vlad Filat.