NATO Liaison Office in the Republic of Moldova Opens in Chisinau
Prime Minister Pavel Filip and NATO Deputy Secretary General, Rose Gottemoeller, who is paying an official visit to our country, attended today the inauguration of the NATO Liaison Office in the Republic of Moldova. The ceremony was preceded by a bilateral meeting where the two officials mentioned that the opening of the Office is an important stage in the relationship of the Republic of Moldova with the North Atlantic Alliance that will contribute to strengthen the political dialogue and practical cooperation with NATO, without prejudice to the constitutional neutrality principle of the Republic of Moldova.
Pavel Filip expressed his conviction that the inauguration of the Liaison Office will ensure a resetting of bilateral activities according to the objectives jointly established in the Action Plan of the Republic of Moldova-NATO Partnership for
“The Republic of Moldova is and wishes to remain a credible partner in the relations with international organizations. Therefore, the active cooperation with both the European Union and NATO are on top of the list in promoting our country’s reformation and modernization objectives that aim to create stability and security for our citizens”, stated Prime Minister Pavel Filip.
The Premier also thanked the Alliance for the assistance offered in different sectors, including the support in national experts’ training. The activity of the Office with civilian status will provide continuity to the current programs implemented with NATO support and will encourage the start of other important projects, such as fight against cyber threats, increase resilience and training for civilian emergency situations, counter-terrorism, and defense and security sector reform.
“With the help of the NATO Office, we plan to conduct public diplomacy actions aimed to objectively inform the citizens about our dialogue with the Alliance and the projects implemented with NATO assistance”, specified Pavel Filip.
NATO Deputy Secretary General, Rose Gottemoeller, underlined that the Office’s opening is the result of the interest shown by Moldovan authorities and of the bilateral cooperation and is a clear sign of the importance placed on the relationship by both parts. The North Atlantic Alliance will continue to support the Moldova’s reforms aimed to improve governance and combat corruption on national level.
“NATO fully respects Moldova’s neutrality, independence and sovereignty. NATO works with many neutral countries, including with Finland, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as with countries with close relations with Russia, such as Armenia. Neutrality does not mean that we cannot be strong partners”, said Rose Gottemoeller.
The Deputy Secretary General also appreciated our country’s contribution to maintaining peace and regional stability, including the deployment of National Army contingents to KFOR operation in Kosovo.
The NATO Liaison Office in Chisinau is a diplomatic mission with experts from states that are Moldova’s development partners, has no military implications and is established in line with the provisions of the Agreement signed by Prime Minister Pavel Filip and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on November 29, 2016.
Source: Communication and media relations bureau of the Government of the Republic of Moldova