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Romania and Republic of Moldova sign agreement on military cooperation


Romanian Minister of National Defence Gabriel Oprea and Minister of Defence of the Republic of Moldova Vitalie Marinuta on Friday, in Chisinau, signed the intergovernmental agreement on military cooperation, which stipulates the legal framework necessary for the military cooperation between the two states.

Military cooperation will include such fields as defence planning, the management of human resources, military intelligence and medical activities. They plan to set up a joint military commission in order to put the agreement into practice. It will convene once a year.

'Concluding this agreement on military cooperation will contribute to the development of the special relations between our armies, relations that are founded on a partnership having a European vocation,' said Gabriel Oprea.

He emphasized the fact that Romania would go on supporting the European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of the Republic of Moldova and would provide the necessary expertise depending on the needs of the Republic of Moldova. Romania's Ministry of National Defence will also continue to train and prepare the military staff of the Republic of Moldova.

Vitalie Marinuta made it clear that the agreement signed on Friday was a continuation of the military agreement signed by the two states in 1992. 'It is a natural continuation of the document that was signed in the year 1992 and it is updated as required by the new circumstances in the past 20 years, Romania joining the NATO and the EU included,' he said. 'After signing the updated agreement we start a new mutually advantageous cooperation between the military institutions. It will be beneficent in the projects of the international community on creating an efficient security system in the region and at international level,' also said Vitalie Marinuta.

Romania reiterates readiness to support Republic of Moldova troops' improvement


Romanian National Defence Minister Gabriel Oprea on Friday reiterated Romania's readiness to support the Republic of Moldova in its efforts to improve the capabilities of its troops, given it has the experience and capability required in this respect.

Oprea, who made the remarks during a meeting with Moldovan Premier Vlad Filat in Chisinau, said the Romanian-Moldovan defence relations have a good normative base, with three inter-state agreements having been signed so far. He underscored the Inter-Governmental Agreement on defence cooperation signed in Chisinau on Friday sets a new framework of the bilateral relations in this field, the Moldovan Government said in a press release.

Filat said the Government of the Republic of Moldova has a clear vision of strengthening the security and defence system set in the relevant National Strategy and the main element that makes up the basis for the successful implementation of the Strategy is the human factor and the professional training of those who have the mission to provide the state security. In this context, the Moldovan premier mentioned the importance of the cooperation with the Romanian partners and learning from their experience in state security and defence.

The program of the official visit of Minister Gabriel Oprea to the Republic of Moldova included meetings with the president of the Republic of Moldova, Nicolae Timofti, and the Prime Minister, Vlad Filat. During Defense top officials' talks, Minister Gabriel Oprea expressed satisfaction for the dynamic relations of cooperation between the two countries and reiterated Romania's support for the European aspirations of Chisinau.

Minister Gabriel Oprea has paid, on Friday, an official visit to the Republic of Moldova, at the invitation of the Defence Minister of this country, Vitalie Marinuta.