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Minister of Defense, Viorel Cibotaru, Meets With U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus

CHISINAU, June 25, 2015 — Military bilateral cooperation and its enhancement perspectives were the main issues discussed by Minister of Defense, Viorel Cibotaru, and U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, within a meeting held today at the Ministry of Defense HQ.

Chief of Main Staff and National Army Commander, Brigadier Gen. Igor Gorgan, State Secretary of Ministry of Defense, Aurel Fondos, US Ambassador to Republic of Moldova, James D. Pettit, as well as the American military attaché to our country, LCT Joseph Bilbo, also attended the meeting.

The officials analyzed the regional geopolitical situation, and the current reform of national security and defense sector. They also discussed about the US assistance projects and programs designed to reform the National Army.

The Minister of Defense thanked the American Government for the support in training Moldovan servicemembers in US institutions, as well as within international peacekeeping exercises and missions. Also, Viorel Cibotaru appreciated the US logistics and technical support for the National Army through assistance programs carried out in the Republic of Moldova.

The US Navy Secretary appreciated the endorsement of the assistance package “Defense Capacity Building for Republic of Moldova” (DCB) at NATO Meeting of Ministers of Defense held June 24, in Brussels.

Thus, the American official reiterated the US Government support in implementing the DCB package, as well as of other new joint projects.

Ray Mabus pays an official visit to Republic of Moldova within June 24-25.

Moldovan-American defense cooperation is part of the Defense Cooperation Agreement signed by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Moldova and the US Department of Defense on December 4, 1995.

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