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Political consultations between the Republic of Moldova and France held in Chişinău

Political consultations between the Republic of Moldova and France held in Chişinău
July 24th, Chişinău - Tatiana Molcean, Secretary of State for bilateral and multilateral Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, and Florence Mangin, Director for Continental Europe at the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, held political consultations in Chisinau. They shared a common desire to contribute and develop, as much as possible, political, economic and cultural ties between the Republic of Moldova and France.

Interlocutors the development of bilateral relations in various sectors of agriculture, industry and services, the potential is strong for more trade and investment between Moldova and France, as new French investors show interest in doing business in the Republic of Moldova.

The cultural dimension, and the cooperation within the Francophonie is a key priority of the bilateral dialogue, both countries looking forward to participating together to the “Sommet de la Francophonie” in Erevan, Armenia, in October this year.

The Secretary of State and the Director also reviewed the key priorities of the Moldova-EU dialogue. Tatiana Molcean reaffirmed the strong commitment of the Republic of Moldova to implement the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, and to promote the reforms agenda. While strictly respecting the conditionnalities set by the EU.

Florence Mangin confirmed France’s wish to continue and help the Republic of Moldova for the implementation of these reforms. She acknowledged the progress made on economic reforms, but reiterated the EU’s concerns regarding changes made to the electoral law last year, the lack of independence of the Moldovan judicial system, as well as the lack of prosecution of the perpetrators of the massive banking fraud. She also expressed concerns about the recent invalidation of the results of the Mayoral elections in Chisinau.

Interlocutors exchanged views on several international and regional issues, including the situation in Ukraine. A separate topic of discussions referred to the Transnistrian conflict. Both Sides reaffirmed their commitment to a complete, peaceful and durable resolution to the Transnistrian conflict, based on the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova within its internationally recognized borders, with a special status for Transnistria, which would guarantee the human, political, economic and social rights of its population.